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Tropical Storm Lee: Your stories

A tropical storm has made landfall in a number of southern coastal states in the US, bringing with it winds of up to 80km/h (50 mph).

Tropical Storm Lee caused scattered wind damage and flooding in areas of Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi, while New Orleans' levees - installed after the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina six years ago- prevented any major damage.

People from Louisiana have told the BBC how they have coped with Tropical Storm Lee.

Istvan S. N. Berkeley, Lafayette, Louisiana

Image caption Istvan S. N. Berkeley appreciated the cooler weather brought on by the storm

As part of our preparations for the storm, we made sure that our generator worked, bought some extra bottled water, some extra cat food and the ingredients for a gumbo (a thick stew) - as cooking a gumbo during a storm is a tradition in this part of the world.

We also made sure that we had plenty of petrol, both in our vehicles and in cans for the generator.

An elderly family member also needed some help, so we bought and set up a generator for them.

We also kept a very close eye on the weather reports and hurricane model runs.

When the storm hit it was not too strong, so we kept an eye on things, both on-line and in the media and watched as the lawn slowly turned into a pond.

We also spent a little bit of time outside, under the cover of the carport, enjoying the cooler weather - the temperature over the past few weeks has been rather hot, so the cooler weather was somewhat of a treat. Although rather wet, Tropical Storm Lee has not caused too much trouble.

There have been a few trees and branches down and some minor flooding, but as the ground is pretty dry and the storm is pretty mild, the effects have been minimal, at least around here.

For the most part, people are rather enjoying the change in the weather.

People on Facebook have been rejoicing in an excuse to hang around at home, in their pyjamas.

One common topic of conversation has concerned people wondering about the track of the storm, as it has been very slow-moving. It has been hard to see any movement on the radar.

Image caption Istvan Berkeley said the storm has caused some flooding

Thus, it is hard to know exactly where it was going to go. However, one comment that has come up a few times was how lucky we have been that TS Lee turned out to be such a weak system.

The path it took, with the eye coming in just west of Vermilion Bay, is sometimes known as 'the nightmare scenario' in these parts.

Had Lee been a strong hurricane then it would have caused substantial flooding. So folks were happy to see that bullet dodged.

Right now, the weather is heavily overcast and there are occasional squalls as rain bands come over us. They are not too intense. The garden is still waterlogged, but it looks like it is beginning to drain a little.

It seems that TS Lee is moving on however I have just heard that there was some quite major flooding a few miles south of us, in the town of Delcambre, which is a port for local shrimp boats.

It also looks like we may be in for some more rough weather, as something could be cooking in the Southern Gulf in the Bay of Campeche towards the end of next week, which could also head our way.

Amel Kates, Lafayette, Louisiana

Image caption Amel Kates and her family stayed at home while the storm passed

My preparations for Tropical Storm Lee included stocking up on food to ensure we didn't have to go out shopping in the wind and rain in case it got really bad.

But it has been a very slow moving storm - so we never really felt it "hit"; instead we have just had constant rain since Friday.

The winds were pretty bad Friday night, but nothing since. People are out and about as normal.

Today it feels like a dreary day in London with constant drizzle and grey skies.

We are at home, we didn't leave for the storm.

We had a gathering with my husband's family today for Labor Day and here was no mention of the storm whatsoever.

People are used to storms and hurricanes here, and this one has been minor. Generally people who have lived here for a long time do not get panicked unless you mention a category three or above hurricane.

We expect the rain to continue tomorrow and then it should clear out. They are really pretty good about predicting weather over here so I don't doubt that it will be better by Tuesday with some cooler temperatures.

Some low lying areas in Louisiana have flooded from the constant rain - indeed our pool is about to overflow.

But really, this "storm" has been nothing but just constant rain and a dampener to Labor Day weekend.

A few weeks ago we had a flash thunderstorm here that blew our garden furniture across the garden, broke patio umbrellas etc.

Thunderstorm Lee has been very kind to us here in comparison to some of the random freak storms we can get here without very much notice.

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