Pat Shingleton: "Lee Then, Cindy Now..."
In our weather briefings we attempt to provide our viewers and readers an opportunity to draw comparisons to previous storms. Our reports on Tuesday found neighbors helping neighbors in sand-bagging, preparing for the worst and hoping to be spared. Last August's devastation keeps those horrible memories in place for residents not only reflecting but advancing preparations. Looking back, Tropical Storm Lee replicates Cindy and made landfall on September 4, 2011 southwest of Baton Rouge, tracking across Tangipahoa Parish then to Hattiesburg, Mississippi , Birmingham and Memphis. Here is an excerpt form an archived column on the storm fromsix years ago. "This morning, former Tropical Depression 13 will become Tropical Storm Lee in the Gulf of Mexico. The path of this storm is bound for Lafayette at daybreak Saturday morning with projected winds of 60 m.p.h. Rainfall potential in the Baton Rouge area could elevate between four to seven inches. The worst tropical storm to hit our area and state was Tropical Storm Allison, banging the Texas coast on June 25, 1989 while it unloaded two feet of rain in 36 hours. It then tracked out of southeast Texas, dumping a pile of gulf moisture to the tune of 12 inches of rain. Record rainfall in Winnfield, Louisiana was 25.67 inches in 48 hours. Your Labor Day weekend will be soggy but it’s nothing we can’t handle." Cindy will make landfall overnight, close to the 2:00 AM hour. Wave heights will increase with a possible extensive flooding episode for the southeast sections of the state. Therefore the Flash Flood Watch is posted and a Tornado Watch is in effect until tonight.