Tropical Storm Lee made it’s way across the central Gulf Coast early Sunday morning while dropping plenty of rain across low-lying communities, possibly foreshadowing the type of rainfall cities in the area could witness in the coming days.
The center of the storm crossed the shoreline into Louisiana just before dawn after spending the weekend hovering in the northernmost Gulf of Mexico.
Once the storm reached land it quickly knocked out power to 32,000 residents before it moved North and began threatening various areas with flash floods.
In some areas of Louisiana as much as 6 to 10 inches of rain has already fallen with those numbers extending into the Mississippi as well. The National Weather Service has already begun warning residents in those areas that there is a threat of flooding and flash floods.
Rains are expected to head north later in the week with 10 to 15 inches of rain possible along the central Gulf Coast and 20 inches expected in some isolated areas.
Residents are urged to stay away from areas with heavy rain while observing proper tropical storm and hurricane protocols, for example do not attempt to drive your vehicle through drenched areas as even just an inch of rain can cause your vehicle to be swept away.
Stay tuned to your local weather stations and when required observe proper evacuation procedures in the event of flooding.
What type of weather have you been experiencing in your part of Louisiana or Mississippi?