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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-03-11 08:43 PM
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From Jeff Masters for Louisiana folks
Tropical Storm Lee continues to bring heavy rain, moderately strong wind gusts, and tornado risk to the Gulf Coast states east of Texas. Lee is 55 miles south of Lafayette, Louisiana, and is drifting almost due north at 4 mph. Lee's central pressure dropped to 988 mb since this morning, but has maximum sustained wind speeds that have decreased to 50mph. The National Hurricane Center has extended the tropical storm warning eastward to Destin, Florida. Since this morning, New Orleans Lakefront Airport has received about another inch of rain for a storm total of 6.87 inches. Rainfall estimates from radar suggest some locations, especially close to the coast, might have already seen up to 8 inches of rain from Tropical Storm Lee. Although the New Orleans area is in a dry slot of the storm, more rain can be expected through the night in the form of isolated storms with heavy downpours. Louisiana's Jefferson Parish officials ordered a mandatory evacuation for three towns earlier today: Lafitte, Crown Point, and Barataria. Heavy rain and tidal surge pushed the water of Bayou Barataria into the surrounding low-lying areas, and officials warned that if residents didn't leave, they might become stranded for a couple of days.
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-03-11 08:51 PM
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1. Meanwhile, it looks like Katia got her top blown off
and has dropped back to a tropical storm. Unfortunately, they're not expecting the lull to last. The forecast keeps getting more northerly, so she's also getting set up for a turn out to sea. At least I hope so.
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 08:40 AM
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2. She'll be back n/t
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