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Tropical Storm Lee Path Moves Closer to Louisiana
Written by  // Friday, 02 September 2011 22:00 //

The National Hurricane Center  (NHC) has just issued the Tropical Storm Lee path advisory for 10pm, Friday September 2.

Lee is moving slowly northward with heavy rains spreading over portions of the Northern Gulf Coast.

Of note, the NHC said, "The center of tropical storm lee was located near latitude 28.2 north...longitude 91.6 west. lee is moving toward the north near 5 mph...7 km/h. a slow and possibly erratic motion toward the northwest or north is expected during the next day or so. on the forecast track...the center of the tropical storm is expected to approach the coast of southern louisiana late Saturday.

 Maximum sustained winds remain near 45 mph...75 km/h...with higher gusts. gradual strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours.

Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 200 miles...325 km...mainly northeast through southeast of the center. a wind gust to 41 mph was recently reported at lakefront airport in New Orleans"

Here are excerpts from the National Hurricane Center:


LOCATION...28.2N 91.6W
ABOUT 165 MI...265 KM WSW OF THE MOUTH OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER
ABOUT 150 MI...240 KM SE OF CAMERON LOUISIANA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...45 MPH...75 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...N OR 360 DEGREES AT 5 MPH...7 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...1000 MB...29.53 INCHES

watches and warnings
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changes with this advisory...

the tropical storm warning has been extended eastward to the alabama/florida border.

a tropical storm watch has been issued from the alabama/florida border eastward to destin florida

summary of watches and warnings in effect...

a tropical storm warning is in effect for...* alabama/florida border westward to sabine pass texas...including the city of new orleans...lake pontchartrain...and lake maurepas


for storm information specific to your area...including possible
inland watches and warnings...please monitor products issued by
your local national weather service forecast office. 


discussion and 48-hour outlook
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at 1000 pm cdt...0300 utc...the center of tropical storm lee was located near latitude 28.2 north...longitude 91.6 west. lee is
moving toward the north near 5 mph...7 km/h. a slow and possibly erratic motion toward the northwest or north is expected during
the next day or so. on the forecast track...the center of the tropical storm is expected to approach the coast of southern
louisiana late saturday.

maximum sustained winds remain near 45 mph...75 km/h...with higher gusts. gradual strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours.

tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 200 miles...325 km...mainly northeast through southeast of the center. a wind
gust to 41 mph was recently reported at lakefront airport in new orleans.

the estimated minimum central pressure based on reconnaissance aircraft data and observations from oil rigs is 1000 mb...29.53
inches.


hazards affecting land
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rainfall...tropical storm lee is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 10 to 15 inches over southern louisiana...southern
mississippi...and southern alabama through sunday...with possible isolated maximum amounts of 20 inches. these rains are expected to
cause extensive flooding. rainfall amounts of 4 to 8 inches will be possible over the florida panhandle through sunday.

storm surge...a storm surge will raise water levels by as much as 3 to 5 feet above ground level along the louisiana coast...and by as
much as 2 to 4 feet above ground level along the mississippi and alabama coasts including mobile bay. see products issued by local
national weather service forecast offices for more details.

wind...tropical storm conditions are expected to spread over the portions of the warning area tonight and saturday.

tornadoes...isolated tornadoes are possible tonight over portions of southern louisiana...and extreme southern portions of mississippi
and alabama. 



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