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Tropical Storm Lee Swamps Southeastern U.S. September 9, 2011
CIMSS Satellite Loop
The center of Tropical Storm Lee's wide circulation can be seen swirling near New Orleans on Sunday.
Tropical Storm Lee spawned a string of destructive tornadoes across the southeastern United States and triggered flash floods that left several communities underwater.

The storm emerged from the Gulf of Mexico near New Orleans, where up to a foot of rainfall fell in parts of the city over the Labor Day weekend.

While pumps and levees kept New Orleans relatively flood-free, officials said several outlying parishes experienced flooding and other storm-related damage.

Chattanooga, Tenn., experienced an extreme meteorological reveral when it went from its driest August on record to receiving a record 24-hour rainfall of 8.16 inches due to remnants of Lee passing over the Appalachians.

Tropical Storm Lee Track

Satellite Loop Data: CIMSS