September 5, 2011 by staff
Hurricane Center, Tropical Storm Lee advice of the National Hurricane Center said heavy rains and floods Lee will extend from the central Gulf coast of the Southern Appalachians. At 7 pm, the center of Tropical Storm Lee was near latitude 30.9 north, longitude 91.8 west. Lee moves toward the north near 6 mph. Some erratic motion is possible tonight before Lee turns to the northeast or east-northeast tonight.
On the forecast track, the center of Lee will move slowly through the southern and southeastern Louisiana tonight and move into southern Mississippi on Monday night.
A tropical storm warning is in effect for Destin, Florida, westward to Morgan City, including the city of New Orleans, Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas
Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 40 mph with higher gusts and strong winds are occurring and southeast of downtown on the water. Little change in strength is expected in the next 24 to 36 hours.
Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 275 miles, mainly southeast of downtown on the water.
The reports of surface observations indicate that the minimum central pressure is 989 mb, 29.20 inches.
Tropical Storm Lee is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 10 to 15 inches across the central Gulf Coast, with possible isolated maximum amounts of 20 inches until Tuesday. Heavy rains continue to expand to the northeast in the Tennessee Valley and southern Appalachians through Tuesday, with rainfall amounts of 4 to 8 inches expected, with isolated amounts of 10 inches. These rains are expected to cause floods and flash floods. From the morning of Thursday, the New Orleans airport has reported a total rainfall of 10.60 inches the storm.
High water levels of up to 3 to 5 feet above ground level will continue to occur in parts of southeast Louisiana and coastal parts of western Mississippi, with high water levels as much as 1 to 3 feet above the ground elsewhere within the tropical storm warning area. High levels of water will be slow to recede due to persistent onshore winds.
Tropical storm conditions are expected to continue in parts of the warning area tonight and Monday.
Tornadoes, a few tornadoes possible tonight and Monday in parts of southern Louisiana, southern Mississippi, Alabama, south Florida peninsula and extreme southwestern Georgia.
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