Posted: Sep 3, 2011 6:26 AM by Meteorologist Dave Nussbaum
Updated: Sep 3, 2011 6:26 AM
Source: WBRZ Weather Center
Tropical Storm Lee has gotten a little stronger overnight. As of 7 AM, Lee was located about 75 miles SW of Morgan City, LA. It is moving a little faster to the NNW at 7 mph. Winds have increased to 60 mph with higher gusts. We had a wind gust of 39 mph at the Baton Rouge Metro Airport earlier this morning. The pressure has falled to 995 mb.
Baton Rouge Impacts:
Heavy Rain...extremely heavy rain can be expected all over South Louisiana today as Lee moves closer to the coast. Rainfall rates could be 1 to 3 inches an hour! Rainfall totals between now and Monday could be around 7-12 inches around Baton Rouge, and higher amounts around 15 to 20 inches as you go south of I-10, or around the New Orleans area. The NWS has issued a Flash Flood Watch in effect through Monday Night.
Flooding...due to the heavy rain expected, we could see some flooding of low-lying areas, and in local rivers. We will have to keep an eye on the Comite, Amite, Tickfaw, and Tangipahoa Rivers the next few days as they are expected to rise! Also, area roads that typically flood are already holding water, so please DO NOT drive through flooded roadways since you may not know how deep the water is.
Wind...A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the entire WBRZ Viewing area. This means that tropical storm force winds can be expected throughout today, tonight and tomorrow around the viewing area. These winds will cause trees to fall, and power outages will be likely.
Power Outages...Entergy has already reported sporatic power outages around parts of East Baton Rouge, Livingston and Tangipahoa Parishes this morning. Winds will be sustained around 30 to 50 mph with gusts to 60 mph later today and tonight!
Tornadoes...we had plenty of tornado warnings this morning, and more will continue throughout the day and night. Anytime you have a landfalling tropical system, tornadoes are very likely due to all of the spin in the atmosphere. These tornadoes are not like the typical ones we see in the Spring and Fall. Tropical tornadoes usually are very small, and do not last for very long. However, they can still produce damage!
Storm Surge...a surge will raise water levels by as much as 3 to 5 feet along the Louisiana Coast today and tonight. Look for coastal flooding to last for a few days too.
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