NEW ORLEANS – A week after the Storm Irene on the U.S. East Coast, on Saturday the states along the Gulf of Mexico, Mississippi, Texas (south), were on alert in anticipation of the arrival of a new tropical storm, named Lee.
This is the 12th tropical storm since the beginning of the end of June hurricane season in the Atlantic. According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), the low pressure system accompanied by sustained winds of 85km / h could pour some 50cm of rain on parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. The storm could locally be accompanied by tornadoes.
The governors of Louisiana, Mississippi and the mayor of New Orleans declared a state of emergency because of the risk of flooding. Lee, according to forecasts, should reach the coast Saturday night in Louisiana and head towards New Orleans. Storm moves north-northwest at only 7km / h, which will increase the length of the regions through precipitation, according to the NHC. Parts of the oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico were evacuated.
Forecasters are also monitoring Hurricane Katia, which was 850km east of the Windward Islands on Saturday. Katia, with sustained winds of 120km / h, could be strengthened. The hurricane is expected to pass north of the Windward Islands, but it is too early to say if will reach U.S. shores, according to the NHC.
Last week the passage of the hurricane and tropical storm Irene on the east coast of the United States has more than 50 dead and caused widespread flooding in several states including North Carolina, New Jersey and Vermont.