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Jackson man riding out Tropical Storm Lee in Florida

Courtesy: Brad Haertling of Jackson, MO in Destin, Florida Courtesy: Brad Haertling of Jackson, MO in Destin, Florida

Tropical Storm Lee is weakening as it crawls along the coast of Louisiana, but some are seeing lots of rain and wind.

Top sustained winds have dropped to 50 mph.  The National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida say the center of the storm remains offshore and is moving slowly. 

Brad Haertling of Jackson, Missouri is riding out Tropical Storm Lee in Destin, Florida.  Haertling tells Heartland News a 30 foot pier along the beach was tossed like a twig off of its foundation.

"So it will be really, really, hard rain for awhile," says Haertling from a Destin Beach. "And then maybe a couple of hours it will be a drizzle or no rain for 30 to 45 minutes to an hour."

"Then another band will come through and we always have really, really strong winds and they've picked up from 15 to 20 mph to 30 plus," said Haertling.

Tropical Storm Lee could dump more than a foot of rain across the Gulf Coast and into the Southeast in the next coming days.

The storm was centered about 55 miles south-southwest of Lafayette, LA and moving to the north-northwest at 4 mph.

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