A weakened Lee still poses flood threat in South

September 5, 2011 - 3:15 AM
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Chris and Kristen Hogan of Biloxi walk along the beach in Pass Christian, Miss., with their children Sophie and Myers on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011. Flooding from Tropical Storm Lee forced the family from their home after heavy rains caused the Biloxi river flood. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

SAUCIER, Miss. (AP) — While Lee's winds have lost some of their punch, forecasters warn that its slow-moving rain clouds pose a worse flooding threat to inland areas with hills or mountains in the coming days.

The massive storm system dumped more than a foot of rain in New Orleans and spawned tornadoes elsewhere before it weakened to a tropical depression Sunday night. Its remnants are expected to continue to march to the northeast.

Areas of Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi near the coast reported scattered wind damage and flooding, while New Orleans levees and pumping system were doing their jobs.

National Hurricane Center specialist Robbie Berg says Lee's flash flood threat could be more severe as the rain moves from the flatter Gulf region into the rugged Appalachians.