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Tropical Storm Lee Makes A Slow, Soggy Crawl Along the Gulf Coast: Brings Spotlight to Mississippi

By Rhonda Miller | Published 04 Sep 2011 10:41pm | comments
A crowd of locals and tourists gather on the beach in Biloxi to see meteorologist Jim Cantore of The Weather Channel broadcast reports about Tropical Storm Lee.

Tropical Storm Lee continues to makes its way across the Southeast.  MPB’s Rhonda Miller reports on the storm’s slow crawl along the Mississippi Coast.

Between tornado warnings and torrential downpours, a crowd of tourists and locals gathered on a windy beach in Biloxi Sunday afternoon.  At the center of the group was Weather Channel meteorologist Jim Cantore, who was following  the storm.

"Well, this is the great chase, the great chase is on to see what Lee can do. Hopefully it’s not going to be much," Cantore said. "I think that certainly the flooding at the high tides is a big issue. It has been for Waveland and will continue to be in Bay Saint Louis. And the chance for heavy rains and the bands to sit over one area."

For Robbie Causey and his family of Gulfport, the popular meteorologist caused as much of a stir as the storm.

"We were just watching The Weather Channel, watching the storm. We didn’t have any plans for Labor Day. Once we saw Jim in Bay Saint Louis, I told my wife, ' If he comes over to Gulfport- Biloxi area, we’re coming down to see him, get his autograph, hang out, just for fun.'  So he’s here and we’re here," Causey said.

The storm dumped about 10 inches of rain on the Gulf Coast over the past few days.  River flooding will continue to be a major concern in Harrison County this week.

The storm spawned what appeared to be a tornado in Saucier in Central Harrison County, damaging several homes, breaking tree limbs and causing some power outages.

In Jackson County, firemen evacuated 20 people from a flooded neighborhood in Moss Point.

Hancock County Emergency Manager Brian Adam said damage assessment will be done when the storm finally leaves the area.

"As far as looking for damage,  we’re going to have to wait 'til the water goes down, until we can really inspect the areas. We’re hoping, especially on the beachfront, that there’s no, with the water beating against the roads, no damage to the roads and no damage to some of the bridges, either," Adam said.

As Tropical Storm Lee moves on, the Gulf Coast is breathing a sigh of relief.



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