Lee may stay in the Pine Belt for a couple of days

LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - Tropical storm Lee is behaving badly, as expected, bringing a lot of rain and wind to our area and emergency management officials say we'll see more of the same from the storm over the next couple of days.

Officials with Jones County Emergency Management got the latest on Lee from the National Weather Service in a briefing Saturday afternoon. They say outside of a slightly increased risk of tornados in the Pine Belt, there's not much change to the immediate forecast.

"Right now, they have the (storm) track fairly close to Laurel and Jones County coming over us sometime Tuesday morning, but there's really no set time," said Don McKinnon, director of Jones County Emergency Management. "Between today and Tuesday morning, we're possibly looking at 8 to 10 inches of rain over that time period and that's not really bad for us, because our creeks are so low and at most, it will put some of our creeks at flood stage, but they should stay within the banks," McKinnon said.

Saturday afternoon, The City of Laurel was beginning to get reports of a few trees down and a power outage or two.

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