September 3, 2011 by staff
Gulf Coast, The rain bands of Tropical Storm Lee were throwing the Gulf Coast on Saturday as the storm center moved slowly toward the ground, where companies were already beginning to suffer from what would normally be a busy weekend. The storm could bring up to 20 inches of rain in some areas.
Tropical storm warning flags were flying from Mississippi to Texas and flash flood warnings stretched along the Alabama coast in the Panhandle of Florida. The slow-moving storm forward means that your rain clouds to have more time to throw in any city in their path.
The storm was expected to make landfall in central Louisiana coast Saturday afternoon and turn east to New Orleans, where would the biggest test of the levees rebuilt since Hurricane Gustav hit on Labor Day 2008.
However, residents did not expect tropical storm up to the legacy of some of the murderers hurricanes that have hit the city.
“It’s a lot of rain. It’s nothing, nothing to Katrina,” said James Malcolm, 59, a federal investigator in New Orleans who lost their home after the levees broke during Hurricane Katrina in August 2005 had to be transported by helicopter.
“This is mild,” he said. “Things could be worse.”
Read the outer bands of the storm on 12 behalf of the Atlantic hurricane season began dumping rain over southeastern Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, south on Friday.
In the afternoon, 2 1 / 2 inches of rain had fallen in parts of the Gulf Coast, including Boothville, Louisiana and Pascagoula, Mississippi in New Orleans, rainfall totals ranged from less than an inch and a bit more than 2 inches, depending on the area.
The storm began washing Working festivities Day weekend, with cancellations of parades and other events in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, Alabama, Louisiana, the program was canceled in state parks and historic sites in the south the state.
Traders worried that the storm dampen the festival of the decline of the South, an annual cash gay lifestyle is recorded in the rings of the weekend of Labor Day. Ann Sonnier, shift manager bar Jester said that revenues have been disappointing so far.
“People are probably scared to death to come here after Katrina,” he said.
Some tourists were surprised by Lee, but do not let it dampen their spirits.
“I did not even know about it,” Holley said Kyla Madison, Wisconsin, who with her husband Rob was in town for the Labor Day holiday weekend. “But we have stopped coming.”
Lee comes less than a week after Hurricane Irene killed over 40 people from North Carolina to Maine and knocked out electricity to millions of people. It was too early to say whether the hurricane Katia in the Atlantic, could threaten the U.S.
Greater impact of the storm so far has been in the Gulf of Mexico oil fields. Approximately half the normal daily oil production in the Gulf has been reduced as the platforms were evacuated, while oil prices fell sharply on Friday sour economic news.
Federal authorities said that 169 of the 617 integrated production platforms have been evacuated, along with 16 of the 62 drilling rigs. That is to reduce daily production by 666,000 barrels of oil and 1.7 trillion cubic feet of gas.
The National Hurricane Center said the center of Lee was about 170 miles (275 kilometers) west-southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River on Friday and moves north just 5 miles (7 kilometers) per hour.
Forecasters say the Lee’s maximum sustained winds have increased slightly by Saturday morning at 50 mph (80 kph) and could get stronger.
The governors of Louisiana and Mississippi and the mayor of New Orleans, declared states of emergency. Officials from several Louisiana and Mississippi coastal communities asked for voluntary evacuations.
The Army Corps of Engineers was closing locks along the Canal Harvey, a commercial station in suburban New Orleans, but had not moved to close a structure of great flood in the river Mississippi and the Gulf of send output.
The MRGO was a major conduit for the Katrina storm surge that overwhelmed levees and flooded St. Bernard and the 9th Ward City of Deputies.
City officials said they expected some flooding in the streets but there are no problems of dams. Lee Increased storm, projected at around 4 to 5 feet is well below the feet of 20-more driven by Hurricane Katrina. Billions of federal dollars have been spent on new dams and other flood protection.
The flooded Lee was tantalizingly close to Texas, but is expected to attenuated for relief from the worst drought in the state since the 1950′s as the storm track changed this outcome. Forecasters said it could bring heavy rains of Mississippi and Alabama next week.
In coastal Mississippi, tourism officials said there was an increase in cancellations for the weekend in the hotels and casinos.
In Grand Isle, Louisiana’s only inhabited barrier island, people were aware of the storm was already causing rain there. It is not as alarming as having a Category 2 or 3 drop, said June Brignac, owner of Beach Wateredge.
“But we are still interested in all the rain that is coming in, possibly causing flooding of the road out. If we leave, we may be stuck here until it is completely gone,” he said.
The rain, however, had a silver lining. In New Orleans, who was helping to quell a stubborn fire marsh for several days has sent acrid smoke drifted across the area.
Southern Louisiana needs the rain – not only that much, so fast.
“Sometimes you get what you ask,” said New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “Unfortunately we seem to get more than we needed.”
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