Chattanooga gets record rainfall as the tropical storm heads north.
A motorist makes his way through flood waters covering Airport Road in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Monday. (Photo: AP Photo/Chattanooga Times Free Press, Dan Henry)
Tropical Storm Lee headed north Tuesday after creating tornadoes, causing many floods and sweeping several people away in the South.
Flash flood watches and warnings were in effect early Tuesday from the southern end of the Appalachians northeastward into New England, according to the Associated Press. Tornado watches were also in effect for parts of North Carolina.
Writes the AP:
"Rain kept falling in Tennessee early Tuesday after a wet Monday. Chattanooga went from its driest-ever month in August, with 0.01 inch of rain to a record one-day deluge of 8.16 inches by 5 p.m. Monday. By dawn Tuesday, 10 inches of rain had fallen in the state's fourth-largest city."
"Areas of Louisiana and Mississippi that bore the brunt of Lee over the weekend were also digging out. Lee's center came ashore Sunday in Louisiana, dumping up to a foot of rain in parts of New Orleans and other areas. Despite some street flooding, officials said New Orleans' 24-pump flood control system was doing its job."