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Storm Lee strengthens as it inches toward Louisiana
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Miami (AFP) Sept 3, 2011

Two dead as typhoon Talas strikes Japan
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 3, 2011 - Typhoon Talas cut across western Japan Saturday leaving at least two people dead and five missing after heavy rains and fierce winds, officials and press reports said.

The typhoon, packing gusts of up to 108 kilometres (68 miles) per hour, made landfall on the Pacific coast of Shikoku island at about 10 am (0100 GMT), the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

Moving north at 15 kilometres (nine miles) per hour, it swept across the western part of Honshu island at 6 pm (0900 GMT) and was expected to move out to the Sea of Japan (East Sea) early Sunday, the agency said.

The public broadcaster NHK said a woman drowned in Matsuyama, a major city on Shikoku, and a 73-year-old man was crushed by a landslide which hit his house in the mountains of Nara prefecture.

NHK also said five were missing and 59 were injured.

The National Police Agency could not immediately confirm the report. It earlier put the death toll at one with three missing and 17 injured.

Strong winds also forced the cancellations of 420 flights in western Japan regions, NHK said.

The meteorological agency has issued a warning of floods and landslides to residents in western Japan, where heavy rainfall was already reported.

In Nara, some 400 kilometres (250 miles) west of Tokyo, more than 130 centimetres (50 inches) of rain has been recorded since Tuesday.

Tropical Storm Lee strengthened Saturday as it inched toward Louisiana, threatening to dump heavy rains and trigger dangerous flash floods along the Gulf of Mexico coast of the United States.

Oil companies evacuated workers from offshore rigs ahead of the arrival of Lee while Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency, urging residents to "prepare for the worst and hope for the best."

The slow-moving storm could bring the same kind of flooding that residents in the northeast are still grappling with after Hurricane Irene tore up the east coast last weekend, officials warned.

Irene affected more than 40 million people, was blamed for nearly 50 deaths, triggered historic flooding and caused what one risk assessment firm estimated to be more than $10 billion in damage before blowing itself out over Canada.

The biggest danger from Tropical Storm Lee -- the 12th named storm of the Atlantic season, which is already dumping rain across coastal Louisiana -- could be in the Appalachians.

"If we get the five to 10 inches that come out into a tropical storm in that kind of terrain, the flash flooding is fast and it's violent," Bill Read, director of the National Hurricane Center in Miami, told reporters.

Lee was 75 miles (120 kilometers) southwest of Morgan City, Louisiana early Saturday, packing sustained winds of 50 miles (85 kilometers) an hour, up from 45 miles (75 kilometers) an hour just last night, according to the NHC.

"Some strengthening is possible before the center makes landfall" later in the day, the center warned.

With some areas forecast to receive up to 20 inches of rain over the Labor Day holiday weekend, residents in low-lying areas from Louisiana and Mississippi all the way up to Kentucky and Tennessee should prepare themselves for extensive flooding, he cautioned.

It could also bring isolated tornados.

Lee was to hit the areas six years after it was devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

The levee system around New Orleans failed after Katrina, putting much of the city underwater.

On Monday, Katrina's sixth anniversary, the Times-Picayune newspaper reported that an upcoming Army Corps of Engineers report would give the levee system a "near-failing grade," despite a $10 billion post-Katrina rebuilding job.

Meanwhile, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour declared a state of emergency in several counties, urging residents to prepare well in advance.

"Do not underestimate the impact of this system of tropical weather," he said.

The weather service is also monitoring the strengthening of Hurricane Katia, which had been downgraded to a tropical storm earlier in the week but regained hurricane status Friday after passing over warmer water.

Forecast models vary, and Katia is still well out to sea, but several tracks show the hurricane taking aim at the US eastern seaboard sometime next week.

The current hurricane could clip islands ringing the eastern Caribbean this weekend, with the NHC warning that Katia would send "life-threatening surf" barreling into the Lesser Antilles.

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Katia dips to tropical storm, expected to strengthen
Washington (AFP) Sept 1, 2011 - Katia was downgraded to a tropical storm Thursday but was expected to regain strength as it moved westward in the Atlantic, the National Hurricane Center said.

The storm's winds decreased to a sustained 70 miles per hour (110 kilometers per hour), dropping from category one hurricane strength, the center said.

But the dip in strength was likely to be temporary. The center said it was "expected to restrengthen" over the next two days, meaning the storm still poses a potential threat to North America, still recovering from Hurricane Irene.

Katia was 930 miles (1495 kilometers) east of the northern Leeward Islands at 2100 GMT -- too far to affect any land mass -- and there was a chance it would cycle north and disintegrate without hitting the North American mainland.

The new storm approached as US President Barack Obama declared a "major" disaster area in New Jersey and announced plans to visit the flood-hit state on Sunday to view damage wrought by Hurricane Irene, the Atlantic season's first.

Thousands remain cut off by flooding in Vermont, New Jersey and upstate New York in the aftermath of Irene, which killed nearly 50 people.

Three days after the storm passed, some marooned families are still waiting for the national guard and firefighters to bring food and water to swamped towns.

Officials have reported at least 43 deaths across 11 states, including eight in New York, seven in New Jersey and six in North Carolina, where Irene made landfall Saturday with winds upwards of 85 miles an hour.

The hurricane was already responsible for at least five deaths in the Caribbean before it struck the United States, and is being blamed for a 49th fatality in Canada, where the storm finally petered out on Tuesday.

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Tropical storm Lee threatens Gulf of Mexico
Miami (AFP) Sept 2, 2011
A tropical storm brewing in the Gulf of Mexico threatens to dump heavy rains and dangerous flash floods across a large swath of the southern United States, the National Weather Service warned Friday. Oil companies evacuated workers from offshore rigs ahead of the arrival of Lee while Louisiana's governor Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency, urging residents to "prepare for the worst a ... read more

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