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Published September 03, 2011, 10:24 AM

Tropical Storm Lee begins pelting Gulf Coast

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A major utility company reports more than 35,000 customers without power as Tropical Storm Lee advances toward the Louisiana coast.

By: Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press, Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A major utility company reports more than 35,000 customers without power as Tropical Storm Lee advances toward the Louisiana coast.

Most of the outages reported Saturday morning on the Entergy website were in the New Orleans area and along the coast. There are scattered outages well inland into central Louisiana and Mississippi.

Lee's center was about 45 miles (72 km) southwest of Morgan City, moving north at 6 mph (9 kph). Its winds are 60 mph (97 kph).

The storm was dumping sporadic heavy rain along the Louisiana and Mississippi coasts. Forecasters are now expecting 10 to 15 inches of rain across southern Louisiana.

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