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MIAMI (CBS4) – Rain, rain and more rain continues to pound south-central Louisiana thanks courtesy of Tropical Storm Lee.

At 5 p.m. the center of Lee was about 110 miles west-northwest of New Orleans, Louisiana with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph. It was moving to the north at 5 mph.  Tropical storm force winds extend 275 miles from Lee’s center.

A Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for Destin, Florida west to Morgan City, Louisiana including New Orleans, Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas.  A Tropical Storm Warning for west of Morgan City to Intracoastal City has been discontinued.

The National Hurricane Center said Lee may become stationary before it takes a turn to the east-northeast Sunday night as it crawls over southern Louisiana.  A gradual weakening is expected over the next several days.

Rainfall from Lee could reach up to 15 inches from the central Gulf Coast north in the Tennessee Valley. Some areas could see as much as 20 inches of rain through Monday night. These rains are expected to cause extensive flood and flash floods.

Louisiana’s governor has declared a state of emergency because of the threat of flash flooding.

A few tornadoes will be possible Sunday night and Monday over portions of southern Louisiana, southern Mississippi, southern Alabama, the Florida Panhandle and extreme southwestern Georgia.

You can get complete details on the storm, including up-to date maps and forecasts, at the CBSMiami Tropical Weather Center.

You can also check on preps for tropical weather with checklists, shutter advice, and even preparation videos at CBSMiami Hurricane Preps

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