Tropics update: Tropical storm warnings extend to Texas, Mississippi
Two things have worried meteorologists and Gulf Coast residents alike about now Tropical Storm Lee; it's slow movement and its size.
The combined two issues have led to tropical storm warnings being issued from as far west as Sabine Pass, Texas eastward to Pascagoula, Miss.
At the 7 p.m. update, the center of Tropical Storm Lee was located near latitude 27.8 north, longitude 91.6 west.
Lee is now moving toward the north at a speed of about 3 mph. The storm's maximum sustained winds remain near 45 mph.
During the next 24 or so hours, the storm's motion is expected to be a slow erratic motion toward the north or northwest. Within the next 48 hours gradual strengthening is expected.
If the storm follows the forecasted track, the center of the tropical storm is expected to approach the coast of southern Louisiana during the weekend.
The reason for the extended tropical storm warning is because tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 200 miles, mainly northeast through southeast of the center.
Tropical Storm Lee is still expected to produce total rain accumulations of 10-15 inches over parts of southern Louisiana, southern Mississippi and southern Alabama as the storm makes landfall and moves inward through Sunday. These rains are expected to cause flooding. The winds will also be a concern as tropical storm conditions are expected to first reach the coast within the warning area this evening. Tornadoes are also a possibility in an isolated capacity tonight over portions of south central Louisiana and extreme southern Mississippi.
Acadia Parish's tropical storm warning remains in effect until 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3. The flash flood watch for the parish remains in effect through the weekend.