Tropical Storm Lee’s remnants combined with a warm front along the US East Coast are bringing heavy rainfall from New England to the Appalachian Mountains, causing rivers to flood and residents to consider moving to higher ground.
“Everybody’s on alert,” said Dennis Michalski, spokesman for the New York Emergency Management Office. “The good thing is, the counties are on alert, as they were for Irene, and people are more conscious.”
Lee formed off the Louisianan coast late last week and has gained strength as it meandered through the Gulf, dumping more than a foot of rain in New Orleans and testing the city’s pump system for the first time in years. It then trudged its way across Mississippi and Alabama, spawning tornadoes which caused damage to hundreds of homes, and causing floods which have knocked power out to hundreds of thousands of people.
Late Sunday a man from Corinth, Mississippi drowned as he was waiting for rescue from a vehicle. According to Tishomingo County coroner Mack Wilemon, Howard Anderson, Jr., 57, was swept into the floodwaters and drowned some time around 11pm.
Source: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center