A tropical storm alert has been issued to British travellers in the US state of North Carolina.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office issued revised travel advice warning of strong winds, heavy rain and flooding to coastal North Carolina from today (Tuesday).

“Depression 8 is expected to develop into a Tropical Storm,” the FCO said.

“You should check weather reports and follow the advice of local authorities, including if ordered to evacuate.”

The alert follows a state of emergency being declared for much of central and southern Louisiana around Baton Rouge following large scale flooding