Tropical Storm Lee’s storm surge begins to inundate Southeast Louisiana around 5PM Saturday, September 3, 2011. Carr Drive beach and a nearby fire department in Slidell, Louisiana are swamped by Lake Pontchartrain as Tropical Storm Lee hovers in the Northern Gulf of Mexico. Within 30 minutes, this area went from virtually no presence of standing water to being entirely flooded under more than a foot of water from Lake Pontchartrain.
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Major flooding remains the biggest threat as Lee moves onshore and slowly shifts across southern Louisiana.
Lee will continue to deliver torrential rain from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle through tonight and into Monday. A widespread zone will receive 8-12 inches of rain with some areas getting as much as 16 inches due to the sluggish movement of the tropical system.
New Orleans, Gulfport, Miss., Mobile, Ala., and Pensacola, Fla. are among the cities at risk for flooding.
Some communities have already been deluged by more than 9.0 inches of rain in southern Louisiana. Pascagoula, Miss., has received nearly 10 inches of rain.
Travel along the I-10 and I-20 corridors will be dangerous with blinding downpours and high winds. Many closures of secondary roads are likely across this zone due to flooding. Motorists are urged to avoid roadways with water over them.
While Katia poses no threat to land at the present time, the storm will strengthen in the coming days as it continues to track westward.
Katia has once again strengthened into a hurricane Sunday morning and it appears to be showing signs of further organization. The storm has been fighting dry air and wind shear through much of its life-cycle, which has prevented it from significantly strengthening.
As you can see on the radar image, rain continues to expand north and east away from Lee’s center of circulation, which is located over southern Louisiana.
This initial expansion in the rain shield is just a sign of things to come in the days ahead.
Much of the rain with Lee was confined to right along the Gulf Coast on Saturday. As of early Sunday, locally more than 9 inches of rain had doused some locations in southern Louisiana and Mississippi.
Bands of heavy rain will persist along the Gulf Coast through the Labor Day holiday.
How Much Rain?
Through Wednesday, the combination of the front and Lee will produce a large swath of 6 to 10 inches (yellow shading on map below) of rain from the Gulf Coast to the central Appalachians, with local amounts over 15 inches possible. A much larger area extending into the Northeast has the potential to see 2 to 6 inches (green shading below).
Monday and Tuesday, soaking rains are expected to spread from the Tennessee Valley into the Appalachians and parts of the Northeast as Lee and the front combine.
Patchy areas of locally heavy rain may linger in parts of the Northeast Wednesday.
Below is a look at the timing of the most significant rains each day from Sunday through Wednesday.
Please visit www.frc.org/911 and sign our petition to Mayor Bloomberg asking that he give prayer, pastors, and first responders a place at this most solemn remembrance of such a pivotal moment in our nation’s history.
Both First Responders and the clergy are being censored from the events
Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s handling of the 9/11 memorial ceremonies:
Last year, Mayor Bloomberg sought to justify his support for building a mosque near Ground Zero by recalling the bravery of the firefighters on that fateful day. “In rushing into those burning buildings, not one of them asked, ‘What God do you pray to?’” He added, “We do not honor their lives by denying the very constitutional rights they died protecting.”
If it was so convenient for Bloomberg to invoke the First Responders to justify his support for the mosque, what’s stopping him from honoring these brave policemen and firefighters on 9/11? Moreover, the first of the First Responders to die was Father Mychal Judge. He was not an anomaly: the vast majority of First Responders who died were Roman Catholic. Yet both First Responders and the clergy are being censored from the events. Thus, this is doubly insulting to Catholics.
The clergy gag rule is being instituted to avoid “disagreements over which religious leaders participate.” But since when has this been an issue? Plenty of clergy, including an imam, spoke at an interfaith service at Yankee Stadium after the attacks, and they managed to pull it off without a problem. Why would it be any different this time?
The difference this time is the mayor. “This cannot be political,” he intones, yet it is the politicians—not the First Responders or the clergy—whom he has invited to speak. Also, if President Obama is attending an interfaith prayer service at Washington National Cathedral on the evening of 9/11, why can’t Bloomberg allow a spot for a prayer?
Bloomberg says he doesn’t want to “take away from the solemnity, if that’s the right word, of the occasion.” Yes, that’s the right word. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, it means “having a religious character.” Yet the mayor, perversely, wants to secularize a solemn event.
Fernando Cabrera (Democratic Councilman for NYC) joins Tim and Tony to discuss Mayor Bloomberg’s ban of clergy prayer at the 9/11 memorial service:
Contact Bloomberg’s Press Secretary, Stu Loeser: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact our director of communications about Donohue’s remarks:
Credentials needed to gain entry into 9/11 ceremony sent late and families worry they will not receive them in time
NEW YORK – Many families of 9/11 victims still have not received their invitation to attend the historic 10th anniversary ceremony at New York’s new Ground Zero memorial because of a bureaucratic bungle, the New York Post reported Sunday.
About 2,800 mailings to families — which include the numbered credentials required to gain entry to the site — were not sent out until Monday.
The late invites have relatives furious they could be turned away or hassled during their annual pilgrimage to the hallowed ground.
For the first time, families are required to show up as a group at a specific entrance, show their numbered credential, and present photos IDs.
In the packets mailed Monday, relatives were told to check in before 6:30am, that the ceremony would begin with a moment of silence at 8:48am and that it would conclude at 1:00pm, with family members allowed to remain at the memorial plaza and reflecting pools until 4:00pm.
But many families are worried they now will not get in at all.
“The city and memorial people blew this big time,” said Bill Doyle, a victims’-family spokesman who lost his son, Joseph, in the attacks. He has not received credentials at his Florida home.
Read @ NY Post