Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Depression Lee weakens over US South

Terra Daily via AFP: The remnants of Lee meandered up the Mississippi River valley Monday, bringing rain and tornado warnings as it weakened to a tropical depression, forecasters said. The slow-moving storm is now expected to continue to draw moisture from the Gulf as it gradually drifts north to drench the Appalachian mountains and Tennessee River valley.

The National Weather Service meanwhile on Monday issued tornado warnings across the deep South. With some areas forecast to receive up to 20 inches (50 centimeters) of rain over the Labor Day holiday weekend, officials warned residents of coastal states as well as landlocked Kentucky and Tennessee to prepare themselves for extensive flooding.

"A lot of it has been flash flooding where the water's rising quite quickly," said Corey Pieper, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. "Roadways is where it gets really dangerous because people think they can make it across," he told AFP.

Too often, the floodwaters are hiding the fact that the road has been washed out, he said. And even if it's still there, the flood can be far more powerful than most people expect....

Tropical Storm Lee's path up to September 4, 2011, in a map by Cyclonebiskit

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