By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – While Tropical Storm Lee takes its time moving northward, the areas in its path are enjoying a healthy dose of rain.
The Northeast Mississippi area was about five inches below normal in precipitation before Lee came along. As of Sunday afternoon, Lee had dumped about two inches of rain on the Tupelo area, said Danny Gant, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Memphis.
Because Lee is such a slow-moving storm, the precipitation will probably continue through until Wednesday, he said.
“The main concern is going to be flash flooding. The rain is coming down at a decent rate in some areas, and coming down slower in other areas,” he said. “I won’t rule out a severe thunderstorm warning or a tornado warning, but it’s a slim chance.”
Gant said the North Mississippi area was not in a drought, but that the area was below normal for precipitation. Lee should fix that problem, he said.
Lee also knocked daytime temperatures down from the high 90s to the low-to-mid 70s.
The tropical storm is projected to continue through South Mississippi today and travel into Alabama and Tennessee on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Department reported no weather-related accidents on Sunday.
There were a few weather-related incidents due to the rain in Tupelo on Sunday, but none were serious.
A tree limb fell on power lines on McCullough Boulevard near the Natchez Trace, but it was cleared up quickly.
Meanwhile, several tornadoes were reported across Mississippi over the weekend.
At least five homes were damaged in Harrison County, but there were no reports of injuries from the wind. One man was injured from lightning traveling through a phone line, according to the Associated Press.
A possible tornado damaged trees in Lamar County at 8:05 a.m. Sunday. There were no reports of structural damage.
Out in the Atlantic Ocean is Hurricane Katia, a category 2 storm that could threatened the U.S. East Coast later this week.