Tropical Storm Lee now just west of Baton Rouge

Sunday, September 4, 2011 - 12:20pm

The center of the circulation currently just west of Baton Rouge.  Winds have shifted towards the West. Winds are sustained from the West at 15 -20 with higher gusts to Tropical Storm force. Continue to expect tropical storm conditions for at least the next 12 hours. Here is the good news. Gradual weakening of Tropical Storm Lee is forecasted throughout the day. Lee may become a tropical depression by early Monday morning. The weather quickly improves as we head into Tuesday.

Our threat today still remains very heavy rainfall with the possibility of a few isolated tornadoes.  Radar is showing heavy rain wrapping around the west of the storm and winds sustained near 20 mph from the WNW with higher gust to Tropical Storm force. The possibility of another 2"-6" is too be expected. Plan on more possible flooding especially in urban areas since we remain very saturated and haven't had time to absorb the previous rainfall. Please be smart will driving. In addition, make sure that all drainage areas are clear of debris.

Also, along each rain band, the chance for a few isolated developing tornadoes can be found. Be aware that many of the isolated funnel clouds may be hidden by heavy rainfall. Flood warnings will continue with expecting to see a gradual decrease in rainfall and wind.

Click here for updated river stages and forecast crest heights:

http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=lix

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