Tropical Storm Lee
September 3, 2011 by staff
Tropical Storm Lee, A tropical storm moves toward the Gulf Coast is based to massive flooding in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and this weekend, especially in New Orleans, where up to 20 inches of rain expected. Tropical Storm Lee arrive at the southwestern Louisiana on Saturday afternoon. The storm is moving west of the Mississippi River, with maximum sustained winds of nearly 60 miles per hour.
Flash flood warnings in effect, covering Mississippi and Texas. A tropical storm warning is also in effect along the coast, extending from the Alabama-Florida border to step Sabine, Texas. Lee moves southeast across Louisiana on Saturday Monday, according to the National Weather Service. On Friday, both Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu declared states of emergency in ten parishes in the state and New Orleans respectively.
“The most important thing for people is to know, regardless of what they call, if you live in southern Louisiana, especially in southeastern Louisiana, you will see a lot of rain between now and Tuesday,” Gov. Jindal.
“Now is not time to panic, which is a time to prepare,” said Mayor Landrieu.
New Orleans is taking precautions for the formwork for the investment projects of construction, the closure of libraries, cancellation of recreational activities in the city and allows residents to park their vehicles in the medium is known as neutral ground. The city says passenger vehicles drive over 5 miles per hour through the streets with standing water.
Strong thunderstorms were connected to Lee and bringing heavy rains of up to 5.7 inches, to New Orleans on Saturday. Hurricane force wind gusts of 60 mph have been reported in the city, the National Weather Service said Saturday morning.
Floods are some areas of the city. The rains associated with the storm is already causing increased water elevation on some channels. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers closed the avenue of London. Channel Friday night and then redirects the water into Lake Pontchartrain.
The Army Corps of Engineers also closed the Inner Harbor Navigation Lock Canal, allowing ships and barges to pass between the Mississippi River and the canal.
The rainfall also causes some parts of the lake to the road flooding in nearby areas of St. Tammany Parish. The National Weather Service reports a surge of 3.5 meters at the New Canal station. Flooding also reported in the most vulnerable low-lying areas of the coin du Lestin, Kingspoint, Garden River, and Bayou Liberty in Slidell, Bayou Paquet and Lacombe.
Road closures due to flooding were reported Saturday morning in Kenner and St. Bernard, the communities adjacent to New Orleans.
Entergy Corp. reports that the strong winds associated with Lee has left 19,000 customers without electricity in the area of ??New Orleans.
The storm forced the evacuation of remaining oil and gas platforms and rigs in the Gulf are in the path of the storm. In the middle of Friday, the Office of Regulatory Ocean Energy Management and Control (BOEMRE) announced that 169 production platforms, or 27 percent of the 617 platforms in the Gulf have been evacuated. Production platforms offshore are formal structures that produce oil and natural gas.
The agency also reports the evacuation of 16 rigs, or 23 percent of the 62 teams currently operating in the Gulf. Mobile Platforms are autonomous structures used in oil and gas.
The evacuation is leading to a temporary shutdown of the oil and gas. BOEMRE reports that nearly 48 percent of daily oil production and 33 percent of daily natural gas production is a line.
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