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Lee's winds increase to 45 mph

The National Weather Service has just released another update on Tropical Storm Lee.

There are no major forecast changes. Some highlights of the latest report:

Lee was drifting to the north at about 2 mph, with the center still expected to approach the central Louisiana Coast within 48 to 60 hours.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 45 mph, with gradual strengthening expected over 48 hours and one sustained wind of 60 mph reported from an oil rig about 65 miles south of the mouth of the Mississippi River at a high altitude.

The storm is expected to bring 10 to 15 inches of rain over Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama through Sunday with some isolated amounts up to 20 inches and rain of 4 to 8 inches possible over the Florida Panhandle through Sunday.

A storm surge could raise water levels by as much as 2 to 4 feet in the northern Gulf coast within the tropical storm warning area.

Tornadoes are possible tonight over portions of southern Louisiana and extreme southern Mississippi.