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UPDATE: Lili forecast to turn northeast

At 4 p.m. CDT, the National Weather Service said Lili was located near Alexandria. It said maximum sustained winds had fallen to 70 mph or below the 74 mph required for it to maintain hurricane status.

Computer models were showing a path that would take the storm north along a line west of Ruston, La., and into southeast Arkansas before turning northeast and moving up the Mississippi River through Memphis, Tenn. Lili was expected to reach the Paducah, Ky., area by 1 p.m. Friday.

Forecasters were predicting significant rainfall along the east side of the storm’s path, which would bring more moisture to the Mississippi Delta. The area received rainfall amounts of 4 to 7 inches when Tropical Storm Isidore passed through the area last week.

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