Friday, September 2, 2011

Tropical Storm Lee: 7:00 PM Update

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Lee's main convection remains to the right side of the center of circulation while shear does battle with the western portion of the storm. New Orleans and the southern Louisiana region continue to encounter rain as the storm bands come onshore. Waterspouts are a concern, and some could be strong enough to go onshore and remain somewhat intact.
Here's a microwave imagery of Lee, showing the main convection in a more detailed sense. There is some convection on the western flank of the storm, mainly to the south of the center of circulation, but the eastern side is definitely the powerhouse of Lee. I am concerned with New Orleans overnight possibly into this morning as the bright red bands on the far right flank of Lee could move onshore.
Finally, here's a rainfall imagery of Lee. There is definitely heavy rain in the 'eyewall', if you will. Lee will only strengthen, and as he does, the rainfall rates will only increase. When Lee moves onshore, supposedly around the New Orleans region, that will be the big blow to the sewer systems, levees, roads, and basement sump pumps. I would definitely advise people in the New Orleans region to get back-up sump pumps, and even back-up back-up sump pumps.

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