The center of Tropical Storm Lee has been meandering slowly over south central Louisiana all day. It will remain a healthy rain maker for a wide portion of the gulf coast states from Louisiana to the Appalachians. Lee's moisture will wrap around an approaching cold front on Labor Day and move northeast.
Nocturnal thunderstorm development near the center is sending fresh rain bands spiraling northward as evident in the infrared satellite images shown.
Tropical storm warnings remain posted from Morgan city, Louisiana to Destin, Florida. The near 8" inch rainfall totals recorded yesterday in New Orleans have slowly been pumped out by the 150 pumps located within the levee system in the crescent city. Some additional rain showers today will likely cause ponding of water in areas that typically flood.
You can follow the heavy rainfall on this NOAA loop:
Southwesterly steering currents ahead of an approaching frontal trough will push Lee towards the northeast as seen on the weather graphic provided. Rainfall estimates could range from 2"- 4" inches within 12 hours from the Louisiana to the Tennessee valley.
Here are the latest stats on tropical storm Lee from the National Hurricane Center :
ABOUT 45 MI...75 KM SE OF ALEXANDRIA LOUISIANA
ABOUT 45 MI...75 KM WNW OF BATON ROUGE LOUISIANA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...40 MPH...65 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...N OR 5 DEGREES AT 6 MPH...9 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...989 MB...29.20 INCHES
Since Houston remains within the circulation of Lee, gusty northerly winds up to 35mph will continue today. A stray shower and will drift South through town with variable cloud cover tonight.
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