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Remnants of Tropical Storm Lee Douse the South, May Cause Flooding in the East

While the farmers of the Southeast welcome the wet weather brought by the Tropical Storm Lee’s remnants, many East Coast regions were experiencing high winds and heavy rains, which caused new concerns about the likelihood of flooding.
Lee spawned several tornados that caused damage to hundreds of homes. Thousands of people were without power due to downed power lines and flooding. A number of trees have fallen, and roads were swamped. Several wildfires across Louisiana and Texas were caused by high winds from the tropical storm. The storm also caused tar balls along the Gulf Coast.

The storm has claimed at least four lives.

Tropical Storm Lee is currently reported to be heading toward north and heavy rainfall is expected in certain states in its path. Most of Pennsylvania and New Jersey are under flood warning for Wednesday and Thursday. Watches for flood are in effect in soaked areas of eastern New York.

Mandatory evacuation of nearly 3,000 people residing in Wilkes-Barre, a city located in northeastern Pennsylvania, was ordered by the city’s officials early Wednesday as the water level in the already swollen creek increased further.
The tropical storm developed close to the coast of Louisiana in the later part of last week and mustered the strength as it hovered over the Gulf for about two days. More than one foot of rain was dumped by Lee on New Orleans, which really tested the pump system of the city. Lee then tramped through Mississippi and Alabama. On Tuesday, it slammed into a cold front pouring rain over most of the East Coast, which resulted in cooler temperatures.

At one time, watches and warnings were issued for regions stretching from northeast Alabama across West Virginia through

New England.

In New Jersey, where the cleanup efforts are still being carried out after it was hit by Hurricane Irene, the Lee’s remnants were expected to dump another 2 to 5 inches of rainfall. While new flooding from the tropical storm was not expected by the officials, Red Cross said on Tuesday that getting ready to provide emergency shelters for additional 2,000 residents, if required.

On Long Island, New York, high winds and heavy rain from the storm left nearly 9,000 customers without power.
Lee set a new record for the total rainfall in 24-hour received in Chattanooga, the fourth-largest city of Tennessee, where 9.69 inches of rain were recorded on Monday, breaking the earlier record of 7.61 inches recorded in 1886. More than 10 inches of rainfall was recorded by Tuesday.

Ken Davis, a spokesperson for Emergency Management Agency, Georgia, stated that 33 people were rescued from a swamped apartment complex in Fort Oglethorpe, northwest Georgia. An emergency shelter was set up for them, and other people dislocated in Mississippi by the American Red Cross. About 22 counties in the region were reported to be damaged by Lee.
Meteorologists with the National Weather Agency confirmed that it was indeed a tornado that destroyed or damaged nearly 400 homes in Cherokee County, Georgia. Meteorologist Jessica Fieux stated that the twister, with peak winds of about 90 mph, was approximately a quarter-mile in width and travelled on the ground for 24 miles.

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