Tropical Storm Lee Lurches Ashore Central Gulf Coast of Louisiana and Mississippi
Read more about the Tropical Storm Lee which recently hitted central Gulf Coast of Louisiana and Mississippi.
Yesterday the Tropical Storm Lee had extended its center in Louisiana across the central Gulf Coast. The low-lying communities are threatened by flooding due to torrential rains and flooding may affect further inland in the cities in the coming days.
The vast storm surge entered ashore of Louisiana before dawn after its hours of hovering in northernmost Gulf of Mexico during the weekend. The slow crawl of center of tropical storm Lee to the north created torrential rain stronger in the vulnerable coastline and gave the time for authorities to raise the flood threat.
The National Weather Service had warned of extensive flooding and flash floods due to the slow twisty movements of storm in the inland. By yesterday the Louisiana and Mississippi coasts had received six to ten inches of rain.
The forecasters warned that the rain bands were expected to head northward into the Tennessee Valley later in this week and 10 to 15 inches of rain were possible along the central Gulf Coast.
The rugged Appalachians may get more rains and the flash flood threat could be more severe as the storm move from the north of Gulf region.
National Hurricane Centre specialist Robbie Berg suggests that Lee is similar to Hurricane Irene and may show some very similar stuff that was shown in Vermont. Last week heavy rain from Hurricane Irene had damaged and isolated dozens of communities in Vermont and is still in the process of cleaning up.
So far no injuries were reported from Louisiana. Louisiana is still recovering from Hurricane Katrina which affected the city six years ago.