A soggy Tropical Storm Lee is lumbering northward toward southern Louisiana and the National Weather Service has extended a tropical-storm warning from Sabine Pass, Texas, eastward to Destin, Fla.
As of the weather service's 4 p.m. advisory, Lee was about 55 miles south of Lafayette, La., with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph.
The storm is moving at 4 mph.
Lee is drifting erratically toward the north, the advisory said. A "slow and possibly erratic motion" toward the north or north-northwest is expected during the next 24 hours, followed by a turn toward the northeast.
Lee's center is expected to cross the Louisiana coast later this afternoon, then move slowly across southern Louisiana on Sunday.
Tropical storm–force winds extend outward up to 230 miles.
A few tornadoes will be possible tonight over portions of southern Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the far western Florida panhandle.
NWS has also issued a flood warning for all major rivers in Harrison County.
Biloxi River is forecast to crest at 7 p.m. Sunday at 17 feet. Flood stage is 12 feet.
Tchoutacabouffa is forecast to crest at 1 a.m. Monday at 14.5 feet. Flood stage is 8 feet.
Wolf River is forecast to crest at 7 p.m. Monday at 10.5 feet. Flood stage is 8 feet.
Drivers are urged to stay off the roads in South Mississippi if possible, as rain from Lee continues to drench the Coast.
Drivers should "stay off the road unless they have an emergency reason to be out," Jackson County Emergency Director Donald Langham said. "That's the best advice."
Langham warned all drivers should avoid roads covered with water, especially if barricades are up.
"Don't go around (the barricades)," he said.
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