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Gulf Coast braces for 20 inches of rain from Tropical Storm Lee.

:: Tropical Storm Lee Closes In on New Orleans ::


Bands of heavy rain and strong wind gusts knocked out power to thousands in south Louisiana and Mississippi and prompted evacuations in bayou towns like Jean Lafitte, where water lapped at several front doors along the main highway.

The sluggish storm stalled just before making landfall, and threatened to dump more than a foot of rain across the northern Gulf Coast and into the Southeast in coming days. No injuries were reported and there were only scattered reports of water entering low-lying homes and businesses.

The center of the slow-moving storm was about 45 southwest of Morgan City, La., Saturday afternoon, spinning intermittent bands of stormy weather, alternating with light rain and occasional sunshine. Its maximum sustained winds were 60 mph.

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Beachgoers try to save their sailboat after the high wind flipped it over and broke the mast in Dauphin Island, Ala. –AP

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URGENT: Tornado warnings issued for New Orleans and other parts of Louisiana as the Gulf Coast braces for 20 inches of rain in some areas from Tropical Storm Lee.

NEW ORLEANS — Tornado warnings have been issued for New Orleans and its surrounding areas as heavy rains from Tropical Storm Lee began falling in southern Louisiana Saturday.

The storm’s center is trudging slowly toward land, where businesses were already beginning to suffer on what would normally be a bustling holiday weekend. The storm could bring as many as 20 inches of rain to some areas.

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Tropical storm warning flags were flying from Mississippi to Texas and flash flood warnings extended along the Alabama coast into the Florida Panhandle. The storm’s slow forward movement means that its rain clouds should have more time to disgorge themselves on any cities in their path.

The storm was expected to make landfall on the central Louisiana coast late Saturday and turn east toward New Orleans, where it would provide the biggest test of rebuilt levees since Hurricane Gustav struck on Labor Day 2008.

Still, residents didn’t expect the tropical storm to live up to the legacy of some of the killer hurricanes that have hit the city.

“It’s a lot of rain. It’s nothing, nothing to Katrina,” said Malcolm James, 59, a federal investigator in New Orleans who lost his home after levees broke during Katrina in August 2005 and had to be airlifted by helicopter.

“This is mild,” he said. “Things could be worse.”

:: Set to Unleash 20 Inches of Rain ::


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  8 Responses to “{See Comments for UPDATES} Nearly 6,000 from Jefferson Parish in New Orleans ordered to evacuate as TS Lee moves closer to Gulf”

  1. TROPICAL STORM LEE TO IMPACT CENTRAL ALABAMA…

    Issued by The National Weather Service
    Birmingham, AL

    THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM LEE IS EXPECTED TO CROSS THE LOUISIANA COAST THIS EVENING… THEN SLOWLY CROSS SOUTHERN LOUISIANA ON SUNDAY. THE CENTER OF LEE IS EXPECTED TO SLOWLY MOVE NORTHEAST TOWARD CENTRAL ALABAMA DURING THE DAY MONDAY… BEFORE MOVING INTO THE AREA MONDAY NIGHT INTO TUESDAY MORNING. SUSTAINED WINDS OF 15 TO 30 MPH WITH HIGHER GUSTS MAY IMPACT FAR SOUTHWESTERN PORTIONS OF CENTRAL ALABAMA MONDAY AND TUESDAY AS THE LOW MOVES THROUGH. SOME WEAKENING OF LEE IS EXPECTED AS THE STORM MOVES SLOWLY ACROSS LOUISIANA AND MISSISSIPPI… BUT WILL NEED TO MONITOR TO SEE IF ANY TROPICAL FORCE WINDS CAN MAKE IT INTO SOUTHWESTERN PORTIONS OF CENTRAL ALABAMA. PLEASE REFER THE LATEST PUBLIC DISCUSSIONS BY THE NHC IN REGARDS TO THE PATH OF TROPICAL STORM LEE… AND THE HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK FOR THE IMPACTS OVER THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS.

  2. Keep an eye on Accuweather LIVE radar…

    It looks bad over Chicago/Indy & of course the SE

    http://www.accuweather.com/us/radar/sir/se/radar.asp?play=true

  3. Jim Cantore
    by SvrWxChaser
    Rainfall totals almost 9″ so far across southeast LA

    BREAKING: A severe thunderstorm in Ann Arbor, MI is forcing the evacuation of The University of Michigan’s Stadium (The Big House).

  4. ABC 33/40 E-Warn
    At 06:09 PM NWS MOB has issued a Tornado Warning for Mobile County until 07:00 PM.

    Severe Studios
    Tornado Warning for George County in MS until 7:00pm CDT.

    Tornado Quest
    Relief on the way! @okmesonet sites shows cold front. Radar shows front running from Kingman, KS to Arnett, OK http://ow.ly

  5. Accu Weather
    Michigan vs. Western Michigan game has been delayed twice due to storms.

  6. Tropical Storm Lee: Warnings posted for Gulf Coast

    Timing: Tropical Storm Lee

    *
    Saturday: Tropical storm conditions impact coastal Louisiana. Heavy rain, coastal flooding, some power outages. Heavy rain, isolated tornadoes possible eastward to the western Florida Panhandle.
    *
    Sunday: Heavy rain, coastal flooding, tornado potential continues along Gulf Coast.
    *
    Monday: Heavy rain spreads into Tennessee Valley/Appalachians. Rain begins to taper off in Louisiana, Mississippi Gulf Coast, but may persist in AL Gulf Coast, FL Panhandle.
    *
    Tuesday: Areas of heavy rain persist in the central and southern Appalachians.
    *
    Wednesday: Patchy areas of heavy rain primarily in the Northeast, from Maryland to New England.

    http://tinyurl.com/43sd26r

  7. Jim Cantore
    What I fear more than #Lee is the upcoming #severe and HEAVY RAINFALL event for NY and NEW ENGLAND Sunday/Monday.

    Breaking News
    Jackson County, Miss., calls for voluntary evacuation from low-lying areas as Tropical Storm Lee nears bit.ly/nmWgSv

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