Floods Lee Southeast
September 5, 2011 by USA Post
The death of John Howard Anderson Jr., 57, was the first reported so far as a direct result of the constant rains dumped by Lee. A guest of the body in Texas drowned after being pulled out to sea by heavy surf stirred by Lee, and the Coast Guard was searching for a boy swept away by strong waves in coastal Alabama.
Tishomingo County Coroner Mack Wilemon said Anderson, of Corinth, drowned about 11 pm Sunday. Tishomingo County is in the northeast corner of the state.
Anderson was staying in a houseboat in the marina at Coleman Park. A stream that flows naturally into the park entrance was swollen with flood water, when Anderson and two others tried to cross the water in a car. That had left the car and were being rescued when Anderson was eliminated.
His body was found in the woods about 300 yards away.
Meanwhile, Monday, Lee was downloading steady rain in the south, causing flooding and scattered power outages. Forecasters warned that the slow-moving system can cause flooding inland areas with hills or mountains, in the coming days. Isolated tornadoes also were reported in Mississippi and Alabama, but no major damage or deaths. Flash Floods and Tornado watches were in effect in several states.
On Monday, the heaviest rains in eastern Mississippi and Alabama was pushing.
“Right now is a big rainmaker,” said Marc McAllister, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Jackson, Mississippi
Chris Mims, a spokesman for the city of Jackson, said 45 families in an apartment complex were taken to a shelter from the storm due to flooded water from a stream that came near the building.
The storm dumped 8 to 10 inches of rain in central Mississippi before idle since weakened and pushed eastward. Much as a foot fell in parts of New Orleans, and even more in other areas.
Just west of the Florida peninsula, the main beaches in Gulf Shores Alabama and Orange Beach alternately filling and emptying of tourists and bursts of Lee moved to the coast on Labor Day. Many tourists spent the morning packing for the drive north towards stronger storms moving through the region.
The beaches were empty about 35 miles west of Dauphin Island, as the waves crashed below houses on stilts and splinters of wood floating in the surf. Much of the island’s main road was flooded and covered with sand, foam jellyfish and drawn by Lee. Customers running the biggest store in the city in what should have been a busy day.
“It was a little boring,” said Tabitha Miller, an employee on the ship and shore. “It is killing us, although we are the only gig in town.”
National Hurricane Center specialist Robbie Berg said the threat of flash flooding Lee could be more serious as the rain moves from the flat Gulf region in Appalachia resistant.
Closer to the Gulf, the water is “going to stay there a couple of days,” he said. “Even in the Appalachian gets the threat of flash floods.”
The system moves slowly on a track that runs the Tennessee River Valley on Tuesday. It had fallen about 4 inches of rain in Pike County, Kentucky, on Monday morning. Flash flood watches were issued by Tennessee and Kentucky, and forecasters warned that flooding and mudslides were possible current.
So far, the weather had not caused any evacuation of campers Labor Day in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Some of the damage in the Gulf Coast, where tropical storms are an almost every year, seemed to come from spin-off tornados touched down in southern Mississippi and Alabama.
Dena Hickman said her home in Saucier, Mississippi, was damaged by what she believes was a tornado. It happened too fast for her to get her 12-year-old daughter, who uses a wheelchair, bed and a safer place.
“I got on top of it to try to protect it. It all happened so fast I could not do anything,” said Sunday.
Her family storm, but it damages the shingles on your roof, overturned a 34-foot motor home next to her, tore the roof of a concrete block building that houses a water pump and pulled the doors of a building metal workshop. Harrison County officials said five homes were damaged by suspected twister, but no injuries were reported.
Much as a foot of rain fell in parts of New Orleans and flooded the streets, but the city 24 bombs were absorbing water and send it in Lake Pontchartrain. About 200 families were evacuated due to flooding in Livingston Parish.
In Plaquemines Parish, officials were planning to make a hole in a dam to drain water from a main road. The south of the parish of New Orleans is in a strip of land dotted with oil and gas companies, and is protected by two mountains – a Mississippi River levee and dike new calling.
Parish spokesman Kurt Fromherz said tropical storm winds Lee pushed the water in Barataria Bay, which caused water to overtop the dam back in the low places. Once the wind changes, the teams made a hole in the dike to drain water in Louisiana, 23 the main artery that runs through the parish, Fromherz said.
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