20 inches of rain for US Gulf coast

2 Sep 11 – “Wow. This could be a very heavy, prolific rainmaker,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Frank Revitte.

The National Hurricane Center said a slow-moving tropical depression slogging slowly toward the Gulf coast will dump 10 to 15 inches of rain over southern areas of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama through Sunday and could dump as much as 20 inches in some areas.

Forecast to strike Louisiana’s southern coast over Labor Day weekend, the state’s governor declared a state of emergency because of the threat of flash flooding.

The depression could grow to become Tropical Storm Lee, the 12th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season.

“This system is a very slow mover so it is poised to bring torrential rain and coastal flooding to parts of the northern Gulf Coast,” said the Weather Channel in a posting on its website.

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