Previously posted:A large storm system churning in the Gulf Of Mexico grew Friday into Tropical Storm Lee, beginning a Labor Day weekend-long assault that could bring up to 20 inches of rain in some spots from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle.
Northwest Georgia could see about 3 inches of rain from late Sunday through Wednesday when remnants of the storm sweep through the region, according to the National Weather Service.
The storm was expected to make landfall on the central Louisiana coast late today and turn east toward New Orleans, where it would provide the biggest test of rebuilt levees since Hurricane Gustav struck on Labor Day 2008.
By Friday evening, the outer bands of Lee, the 12th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, already began dumping rain over southeastern Louisiana, southern Mississippi and Alabama.
The storm’s biggest impact, so far, has been in the Gulf of Mexico oil fields. About half the Gulf’s normal daily oil production has been cut as rigs were evacuated.
The storm is expected to dissipate after it hits land but could make for a wet Labor Day on Monday in North Georgia.
By Sunday night the chance of rain in Rome is expected to be 70 percent, which is also the forecast on Labor Day when showers and thunderstorms are likely.
The rain chance falls to 60 percent on Tuesday.