Lee picking up steam, moving out quicker - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Lee picking up steam, moving out quicker

Tropical Storm LEE, now downgraded to a Tropical Depression, is still causing great concern in Mississippi on the roads and streets. The slow moving storms has dumped more than 10" of rain in the immediate Jackson Metro area complicating driving conditions near some rivers and tributaries.

The Flash Flood warnings are beginning to wane as the system pulls to the eastern side of the state. The concern for Tornado activity is also a morning memory. But the tremendous amount of rain has made an impact.

Take a look at the latest information along the Pearl River in Jackson. The flood stage is 28 feet. Also of this mornings numbers, the 7am stage was at 24.5 feet.  The change in the last 24 hours has been a rise of 20.8 feet.

Monticello there was a big jump as well for the Pearl River. The morning stage was 10.7 feet, a jump of 7 feet in just a day!

Along the Big Back river the Bentonia stage rose by 9.3 feet, and at Bovina by 6.5 feet. And another impressive jump was the Strong River @ D'Lo, rising by 8.6 feet to the current level of 11 feet even.

The total accumulations for the Tropical storm is still being tabulated, breaking several area 1 day totals.  Lee did not make must fuss with the winds, but screamed volumes in rainfall amounts around the state. The final numbers are still be calculated. Lee should move away from Mississippi by Tuesday Evening, if not a tad sooner. The slow moving system seems to have picked up the pace in its track toward the north east.

Paul Williams - First Alert Meteorologist

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