Tropical Storm Lee (Updated: 1:00pm CDT 9/3/2011)

Figure 1. 1645 UTC IR satellite image of Tropical Storm Lee.

Tropical Storm Lee still hasn’t made landfall and is still south of the Louisiana coastline.  The National Hurricane Center has declared its movement as stationary:

SUMMARY OF 100 PM CDT...1800 UTC...INFORMATION
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LOCATION...29.3N 91.8W
ABOUT 45 MI...75 KM SW OF MORGAN CITY LOUISIANA
ABOUT 65 MI...100 KM S OF LAFAYETTE LOUISIANA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...60 MPH...95 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...STATIONARY
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...991 MB...29.26 INCHES

Maximum sustained winds are up from 24 hours ago, but are not expected to make hurricane strength due to its location so close to the LA coast.  However, strengthening is still possible as long as the center of Lee is over the Gulf of Mexico.  Lee is forecast to move inland within the next few hours and slowly move north-northeast over the next 2-3 days.  It will then get caught up with a mid-level trough and surface frontal boundary and likely accelerate northeast.

 

Figure 2. NHC's forecast track of Tropical Storm Lee over the next 5 days.

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