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Tropical Storm Lee Strengthens, Heads for Louisiana Coast

Tropical Storm Lee strengthened in the Gulf of Mexico as it moved north toward Louisiana’s coast, shutting as much as half the oil production in the Gulf of Mexico and a third of natural gas output.

Lee is about 15 miles (24 kilometers) south-southeast of Intracoastal City, Louisiana, heading north-northwest at 7 miles per hour and “producing heavy rains” over the south of the state, the National Hurricane Center said in an advisory before 8 a.m. East Coast time. The storm’s maximum sustained winds strengthened to 60 mph with “some slight” strengthening possible before it makes landfall, according to the Miami-based center’s forecast.