A tropical storm that's expected to drench parts of Louisiana with as much as 20 inches of rain this weekend and could cause flooding along the Gulf coast has begun to soak southern Louisiana. Local authorities are beginning to declare states of emergency, as The Times-Picayune reports.
The storm's full force likely won't be felt until tomorrow. ABC News writes that:
"Tropical Depression 13, which is expected to become Tropical Storm Lee by Saturday, is expected to make landfall along the southern coast of Louisiana around 1 p.m. on Saturday with winds of 60 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. ... Tropical storm warnings are in effect from Pascagoula, Miss., across the coast to Sabine Pass, Texas."
Meanwhile, mid-Atlantic and northeastern states continue to recover from last weekend's major weather event — Hurricane Irene.
-- Of the 672,000 customers who lost power in Connecticut, 151,000 are still in the dark, according to the Hartford Courant.
-- In New Jersey, 39,000 customers are still without electricity," The Associated Press says.
-- North Carolina may construct a temporary bridge to reconnect Hatteras Island to the mainland, Raleigh's News & Observer says.
-- Virginia's Dominion Power believes it will have 95 percent of the 1.2 million customers in the state and eastern North Carolina reconnected by tonight, reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch.