Tropical Storm Lee 2011
September 4, 2011 by USA Post
At one point, some 38,000 Louisiana customers had lost power due to the storm, but that figure fell to less than 12,000, Entergy said.
Lee, who is heavy north-northwest at 4 miles per hour, is expected to cross the Louisiana coast Saturday night and then move slowly through the southern part of the state on Sunday.
“We have warnings of severe weather and tornado warnings in effect for parts of the state and residents from around the world need to use extreme caution,” said Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. “Tropical Storm Lee moves slowly, as expected, and we are seeing flooded roads and other effects of rising water levels across southern Louisiana.”
Governor unfurled the National Guard of the links to two of the parishes in the state to help in emergencies.
Heavy rains pound some areas along the Gulf Coast, with pieces of provision for up to 20 inches.
The National Hurricane Center said “a few tornadoes will be possible” through Saturday night in parts of southern Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama and the Florida peninsula to the west.
A tropical storm warning is in effect from Destin, Florida, up to Sabine Pass, Texas.
“This storm is moving very slow,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans journalists, during a lull in the storm. “We must be vigilant.”
Jindal said 10 municipalities have issued emergency declarations. He urged residents to heed weather and flash flood warnings.
In New Orleans, many of which lie below sea level, Landrieu took similar measures. The storm will test the rebuilt levees after Hurricane Katrina hit the region this week six years ago.
The city is likely that heavy rains in the coming days, according to Landrieu. He declared a state of emergency and urged residents to “prepare for the worst … hope for the best.”
A mandatory evacuation was ordered by several cities in Jefferson Parish.
CNN iReporter Andrew Kaile video footage of the flooding in Metairie, Louisiana, where water fills the street outside his home.
“We are a strong people. All Gulf Coasters are willing and able to withstand any storm,” he wrote.
Tropical Storm Lee comes a week after Hurricane Irene struck the east coast, killing 40 people and leaving millions without electricity.
The slow-moving storm was located about 50 miles southwest of Morgan City, Louisiana; the hurricane center said late Saturday. After gaining strength early in the day, its maximum sustained winds decreased to 50 mph.
Gradual weakening is expected to occur on Sunday and Monday.
Parts of southern Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama could see 10 to 15 inches of rain through Sunday night, with isolated totals up to 20 inches, forecasters said.
In Alabama, officials closed the port of Mobile because of rough seas.
Some energy producers employees evacuated before the storm. About 60% of oil production in the Gulf and more than half the natural gas production have been shut, according to the Office of Management of Ocean Energy, regulation and enforcement.
In Biloxi, Mississippi, public works crews worked to clear storm drains and sinks in the streets flood risk before the storm was expected.
“This will be a several days of extreme rainfall, and there will be problems with localized flooding,” said Sgt. Milton Houseman, city manager of emergency. “The good news is that now, with the projections we’ve seen, do not expect any problems with the river flooding because the rivers are low.”
In addition to flooding and storm surge is expected, the weather threatens to ruin the weekend of Labor Day thousands of beach-goers.
As of Saturday afternoon, it was unclear if Katia, a tropical storm swirling in the Atlantic, could threaten the United States.
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