NWS: Lee slow-moving, could dump 10 to 15 inches on Coast

glpender@sunherald.comSeptember 2, 2011 

The National Weather Service says Tropical Storm Lee remains a slow-mover that could pour rain on the Coast for the next five days.

Christopher Bannan, NWS meteorologist, said landfall is expected in about 48 to 60 hours in the central area of the Louisiana Coast. For the Mississippi Coast, he said, rainfall of 10 to 15 inches is expected over the next few days and winds of 35 to 45 mph sustained are expected late Saturday and into Sunday, with gusts that could reach to 60 mph and rainfall that could be extremely heavy in isolated areas.

Bannan said that rivers in the area, due to recent drought, have been low, but that is expected to change with steady, heavy rain and river flooding is possible, more likely from Sunday into Monday.

"The main threat is still just heavy rainfall," Bannan said. "This thing is going to just sit there over the Coast for quite a while. Even at 72 hours, we still show it likely to be over Southeast Louisiana."

Local and state emergency leaders are planning a conference call with the NWS and others for an update at about 4:30 this afternoon.

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