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Tropical Storm Lee reported ashore in south La.
Miami forecast office: center of Tropical Storm Lee is on south La. coast, dumping heavy rain
By The Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) ' The National Hurricane Center says the center of Tropical Storm Lee is now on the coast of southern Louisiana.

The Miami center said in an advisory for 5 a.m. EDT that Lee's center reached the Gulf Coast in an area about 50 miles (80 kilometers) southwest of Lafayette, La.

The statement says Lee has maximum sustained winds of 45 mph (75 kph) and is moving to the north at 2 mph (4 kph). Forecasters say the storm is expected move slowly over southern Louisiana during the day and the evening, dumping 10 to 15 inches of rain along the central Gulf Coast.

The statement warns the heavy rains could cause extensive flooding or flash flooding. Tropical-storm force winds extend outward up to 275 miles (445 km) from Lee's center.

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