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In brief: Tropical Storm Lee moves inland

Wed., Sept. 7, 2011

Chattanooga, Tenn. – Disorganized yet deadly, the leftovers from Tropical Storm Lee spread farther inland Tuesday, soaking much of the East Coast. Areas still drying out from Hurricane Irene were hit with more rain while farmers in the Southeast welcomed the wet weather.

Lee spawned tornadoes that damaged hundreds of homes. Roads were flooded, trees uprooted and power was knocked out to hundreds of thousands of people. Winds from the storm had fanned wildfires in Louisiana and Texas, though calmer air Tuesday was expected to help firefighters.

At least four people died in the storm.

Lee’s damage paled in comparison with Irene. At least 46 deaths were blamed on that storm and the damage was estimated in the billions of dollars.

Still, Lee was an unprecedented storm in some places. In Chattanooga, a 24-hour record for rainfall was set with 9.69 inches, eclipsing the previous record of 7.61 inches in March of 1886.

Teen injured hopping freight train

Longmont, Colo. – A 17-year-old girl whose legs were severed while trying to hop a freight train was trying to get back to Fort Collins, Colo., where she attends Colorado State University, police said Tuesday.

The teen’s legs were detached at the knee when she fell under the train on Monday in Longmont, Colo., about 30 miles north of Denver and 30 miles south of Fort Collins.

Her parents identified the girl as Anna Beninati in a statement released through Denver Health, which lists her in serious condition. Beninati’s parents live in Sandy, Utah.


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