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Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Lee is very near southern La. coast and now a bit weaker
MIAMI (AP) ' The National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Lee is swirling very near the southern Louisiana coastline and is now a bit weaker even as it dumps heavy rain.
The Miami center said at 2 a.m. EDT Sunday that Lee was about 60 miles (95 kilometers) southwest of Lafayette and had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph (75 kph). It says Lee is crawling to the north at 2 mph (4kph).
Forecasters say a slow northeastward motion is expected in coming hours and Lee's center is expected to move onshore on the Louisiana coast in a few more hours before trekking slowly across southern Louisiana.
Lee is forecast to dump 10 to 15 inches of rain in many areas, and up to 20 inches in scattered spots.