Tropical Storm Lee weakened early Saturday evening to a 50mph storm. Lee will make landfall near Pecan Island, LA this evening. The system had rather erratic movement throughout much of Saturday and is now drifting north-northwest toward the Louisiana coast.
Across central and south Mississippi, feeder bands associated with Lee will continue to rotate inland out of the Gulf of Mexico. Tropical downpours can be expected in these bands, along with wind gusts up to 60mph in the strongest of rain bands.
There is a risk of a tornado or two across south Mississippi tonight. I expect the risk for isolated, brief spin-up tornadoes to continue through Sunday and Labor Day.
A Tornado Watch is in effect until 10PM for Pike, Amite, Walthall and Wilkinson counties.
Light winds aloft will keep Lee in place across southeast Louisiana through the weekend. By late Sunday or Labor Day, a cold front may finally help to pull Lee northeast across south Mississippi, then into Alabama by Tuesday afternoon. Due to the slow movement of Lee, bands of rain will likely move over the same areas, adding to the threat for flash flooding.
A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for all of central and south Mississippi through Monday morning.
Everyone across central and south Mississippi, especially those in southeast Mississippi, should be prepared to move to higher ground in the event of flooding. If you live near an area that floods, such as a creek, stream, pond, or low-lying area, you need to especially be weather aware through at least Tuesday morning.
Rainfall totals through Labor Day could range as high as 5-10" in parts of central Mississippi, with totals near 10"-18" across parts of southeast Mississippi.
Keep in mind the track and speed of Lee is subject to change and any significant changes would impact the rainfall forecast and the tornado risk area.
Widespread clouds and rain will hold temperatures down into the lower 80s and even 70s for highs on Sunday and Labor Day. Lows will be in the low to middle 70s.
You can get the latest on Lee by downloading the First Alert Weather app for i-Phone or Android. Also, sign up for free text message weather alerts. I will also be updating Twitter through the day.
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