September 2nd, 2011
06:35 PM ET

Gulf system intensifies into Tropical Storm Lee

[6:35 p.m. ET] A state of emergency has been declared in Biloxi, Mississippi, in anticipation of Tropical Storm Lee, Mayor AJ Holloway told CNN.

[2:30 p.m. ET] A slow-moving tropical system with the potential to douse summer-ending beach plans and bring up to 20 inches of flooding rain to parts of the Gulf Coast strengthened into a tropical storm Friday afternoon, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Tropical Storm Lee could bring winds of 65 mph when it makes landfall this weekend, CNN meteoroloigist Sean Morris said.

The state of Louisiana and 10 of its parishes had declared states of emergency as of Friday afternoon, Gov. Bobby Jindal said. LaFourche Parish and the city of Grand Isle also issued voluntary evacuation orders, he said.

"This is going to be a slow-moving storm. It's going to bring a lot of rain," Jindal said.

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour also declared a state of emergency for portions of southern Mississippi expected to be affected by the storm.

The storm was likely to reach land in the next 48 hours, forecasters said.

The storm is over water as warm as 90 degrees and atmospheric conditions that are limiting its development should become more favorable to strengthening over the next 24 hours, CNN meteorologist Sean Morris said.

Tropical storm-force winds are being reported at several oil rigs in the Gulf, according to Morris and the National Hurricane Center.

The current track suggests a possible landfall west of Morgan City, Louisiana on Sunday morning, Morris said.

Tropical storm warnings were up for the Gulf coast from Pascagoula, Mississippi to Sabine Pass, Texas.

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  1. banasy©

    Dang, leeintulsa, your "rain dance" must have worked, because they're naming a storm after you!

    September 2, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      Lol banasy. I was aiming for texas. Too much booze there at the end, i guess..

      September 2, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Andreas Moser

    Is Lee Katia's brother?

    September 2, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Anomic Office Drone

    Batten down the hatches! Be safe out there.

    September 2, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    Katia's *little* brother!

    September 2, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. JayRay

    I think they should put them in jail.

    September 2, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cult of Personality

    Batten down the hatches New Orleans, LA. I seriously don't think this is another Hurricane Katrina as it obviously is only a tropical storm. Nonetheless, it will bring a lot of rain to your region. I only wish the good people of Louisiana th best and hope you all remain safe and secure.

    September 2, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. gung hoe

    I hope it blows the whole state away.

    September 2, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    @leeintulsa:
    Sorry.
    Big brother, indeed!
    *Gargantuan* brother.
    There!

    September 2, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Terrapintexan

    The worst thing about the storm is it puts that Jindal clown back in the news.

    September 2, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. the prophet

    Stop blocking my post

    September 2, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @the prophet: i've said some stuff on here, and never been 'blocked'. I've seen trolls get away with murder.

      You're not being blocked. You're not that important. There may be some linkage probs. I get that. I haven't the vanity to think i'm 'someone'. Get over yourself

      September 3, 2011 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
  11. justathought

    =========@theprophet================== Did you have somethiing important to say! We're listening! =================================={

    September 2, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Fabian

    From the last 8 posts. I know that u r very dumb stupid people freak u all.

    September 2, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      Re fabian: I'm gonna miss him.. I'm sending him a nice fruit basket..

      September 2, 2011 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Annette

    a question: could Hurricane Katia and TS Lee combine, or join somehow? just wondering

    September 2, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      Doubtin it.. Lee has already landed, i think.. Katia is still a ways out

      September 2, 2011 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. *blocked*

    Good point Leeintulsa. I remember when I first began posting here, I too thought that my posts were too revealing, and that somehow CNN was censcoring them. Come to find out, it was due to volume, just like it says at the bottom of this web page. But then something strange happened one day. I made my post and it appeared in the chosen thread. After reading and posting elsewhere, when i came back to look for replies, my post had been deleted! This has only happened to me 3 times here, so I'm not going to jump to any conclusions. Has this happened to any of you?

    September 3, 2011 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
  15. RUFFNUTT (elf slayer & 15th lvl warrior & leader of the "golden knights of prosperity " )

    we need rain down south.... i think it has been in drought conditions

    September 3, 2011 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
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