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Timmie Durrance sits in water as he lights a cigarette at his camp in Slidell, La., after rising water from Tropical Storm Lee flooded him out on Sunday. The vast, soggy storm system spent hours during the weekend hovering in the northernmost Gulf of Mexico. Its slow crawl to the north gave more time for its drenching rain bands to pelt a wide swath of vulnerable coastline, raising the flood threat.

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Tropical Storm Lee drenches Gulf Coast

Tropical Storm Lee dumped more than a foot of rain in New Orleans and spun off tornadoes elsewhere Sunday as its center came ashore in a slow crawl north that raised fears of inland flash flooding in the Deep South and beyond.

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