Most hurricanes hit a region and move on. Occasionally they linger longer, and that it the case with Isaac. This storm took its time to build up strength and is surely taking its time hitting the north central Gulf Coast for a third straight day of pounding wind and rain that has resulting in over 700,000 people without power.
Flooding has been widespread as levees held intact, but were just not high enough to keep the water out. Rainfall on Wednesday broke the August 29 daily record in New Orleans set by Katrina. More will pile on as feeder bands continue off of the Gulf of Mexico and stream northward. Some will train over the same regions which may result in 6-10 inches of additional rainfall. The average for the region should range between 7-14 inches with some areas topping 25 inches for the storm total.
The White House had declared a Federal State of Emergency for Louisiana and Mississippi, which frees up federal aid. Take a look at the raw video and slide show images on the left. With such wide spread destruction, it amazed me that people still venture out to view the storm like a sporting event. Do you think it is wise to treat a dangerous storm like this as a spectator sport? I propose that even in lulls during the storm, it is likely to get surprised by a heavy squall and be worse for the wear. I would like to know what you think. Join the conversation on my Facebook Page.
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Other storm information:
STORM SURGE… STRONGEST ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE CENTER OF THE STORM!
THE PEAK SURGE OCCURS AT THE TIME OF HIGH TIDE…
* MISSISSIPPI AND SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA…4 TO 8 FT
* ALABAMA…2 TO 4 FT
* SOUTH-CENTRAL LOUISIANA…1 TO 3 FT
* FLORIDA PANHANDLE…1 TO 2 FT
Latest stats from The National Hurricane Center
SUMMARY OF 1000 AM CDT…1500 UTC…INFORMATION
- LOCATION…31.7N 92.1W
- ABOUT 50 MI…80 KM S OF MONROE LOUISIANA
- ABOUT 165 MI…270 KM NW OF NEW ORLEANS LOUISIANA
- MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…40 MPH…65 KM/H
- PRESENT MOVEMENT…NNW OR 330 DEGREES AT 9 MPH…15 KM/H
- MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…987 MB…29.15 INCHES
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WATCHES (issued within 48 hours of impact) AND WARNINGS (issued within 36 hours of impact)
CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY…
THE TROPICAL STORM WARNING HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED WEST OF MORGAN CITY LOUISIANA.
SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT…
A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR…
* MORGAN CITY LOUISIANA TO THE MISSISSIPPI-ALABAMA BORDER…
INCLUDING LAKE PONTCHARTRAIN AND LAKE MAUREPAS