Listen to RFI News
Expand Player
Listen Download Podcast
  • Paris Live PM 1300 - 1400 GMT
    News bulletin 09/19 13h00 GMT
  • Paris Live PM 1300 - 1400 GMT
    News bulletin 09/18 13h00 GMT
  • Paris Live PM 1300 - 1400 GMT
    News bulletin 09/17 13h00 GMT
  • 13h00 - 14h00 GMT
    News bulletin 04/05 13h00 GMT
  • 13h00 - 14h00 GMT
    News bulletin 04/04 13h00 GMT
  • 13h00 - 14h00 GMT
    News bulletin 04/03 13h00 GMT
To take full advantage of multimedia content, you must have the Flash plugin installed in your browser. To connect, you need to enable cookies in your browser settings. For an optimal navigation, the RFI site is compatible with the following browsers: Internet Explorer 8 and above, Firefox 10 and +, Safari 3+, Chrome 17 and + etc.

Tropical Storm Lee batters US state of Louisiana

media Satellite image of Tropical Storm Lee over Louisiana Reuters/NASA/NOAA GOES project

The US southern state of Louisiana has declared a state of emergency after Tropical Storm Lee hit early Sunday bringing torrential rains and threatening floods in parts of the country.


Packing winds of 75 kilometres per hour, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said the storm would take "a slow northeastward motion … followed by a turn to the east northeast tonight (Sunday)."

Officials have warned that 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 US East Coast last weekend, leaving nearly 50 people dead and millions of households without power.

Some areas are forecast to receive up to 50 centimetres of rain over the Labor Day holiday weekend and residents of coastal states as well as landlocked Kentucky and Tennessee have been told to prepare for extensive flooding.

Lee is battering the Gulf Coast six years after the region was devastated y Hurricane Katrina.

The levee system around New Orleans failed after Katrina, putting much of the city underwater. More than 1,500 people died.

The intense rain that Lee is already dumping on the city is expected to provide the most severe test of the levee and canal systems at Lake Pontchartrain and elsewhere since Hurricane Gustav came close to overwhelming the levees three years ago.

Sorry but the period of time connection to the operation is exceeded.