Isaac is slowing gaining strength, but is also quickly approaching land. Here is the latest, as well as some of your viewer photos!
Isaac as of 7 PM ET
The 7 PM ET update from the National Hurricane Center in Miami, FL has Isaac with winds of 80 mph, still a category 1 hurricane. Isaac is slowing down, only moving NW at 8 mph now, but only 15 miles from the mouth of the Mississippi River and 95 miles from New Orleans.
You can see the eye on radar just getting ready to make landfall near the mouth of the Mississippi River earlier this evening around 6:45 PM ET.
You can see some of winds affecting the coastal areas of Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana on the wind map. A 71 mph wind gust has been reported in Bootheville, LA and 55 mph in New Orleans. A gust of 106 mph was also reported at 279 feet above sea level on an oil rig off the SE Louisiana coast; however, the higher you go up the stronger the winds are in a system. Meanwhile a storm surge of 8′ was reported at Shell Beach, LA and 5.3′ in Waveland, MS.
A weakness in the subtropical ridge is what is driving Isaac right now to the northwest, and that is expected to continue over the next couple days. Over this time it will also slow down, possibly bring very heavy rains to deep south. After that, the ridge will build back in, eventually sending the system northeastward and into the Ohio Valley. Not too much more strengthening is anticipated due to a forecast landfall within 12 hours. While the current forecast path of the system would have it coming ashore between Houma and New Orleans, that doesn’t mean other areas will not be greatly impacted by the storm, especially those to the west of that landfall. You can read more of the impacts expected in our blog from earlier today by clicking here.
We want to thank our viewers and fans for all the great photos they have sent in from the Gulf coast to help tell the Isaac story.
Flooding in Pascagoula, Mississippi via
An eerie skyline in New Orleans from
A couple photos from Lake Pontchartrain from
A doggie trying not to be blown away in the wind in St. Bernard Parish from
We would also love to see your videos and photos of the storm, of evacuations in your area, and of preparations being made in your area — of course, only if you can do it safely! Your safety is ALWAYS our number one concern here at WeatherNation. If you do so, you can upload them to the WeatherNationTV website by clicking here. You can also post them on our Facebook page, @ us on Twitter, or upload them via our app for iOS devices (like the iPhone). You can help tell the story of how Isaac is affecting your area and your photos may be featured on-air and online!
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We’ll continue to update you with the very latest — stay with WeatherNation!
Meteorologist D.J. Kayser
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