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Isaac Moves Onshore Over Louisiana

29 Aug 2012, 1:03 pm

Isaac moved onshore for the second time earlier this morning, and is slowly starting to weaken. However, heavy rains are a big concern as we go through the next few days from the Gulf Coast to the Ohio Valley.

Isaac as of 2 PM ET

Issac, now over land, is slowly starting to weaken. Winds are still reaching 75 mph, and the storm is finally starting to get a little kick to it, moving to the NW at 6 mph.

You can see the circulation of Isaac sitting just inland from the Gulf of Mexico on the Louisiana coastline via the wind map.

Impacts earlier today

Isaac has made two landfalls within the past 12-24 hours. The first, Tuesday Night near the mouth of the Mississippi, and then one earlier this morning around Port Fourchon.

We have seen high winds and impressive rainfall amounts from Isaac over the past couple days, greatly affecting how people are going about their lives in the Gulf Coast states. Above are some of the more impressive numbers we have found so far.

We’ve had reports of levees being topped in Plaquemines Parish. Areas near Braithwaite, LA are under 12′ of water from the overtopping. Residents are in the progress of being evacuated. We’ll have a picture from that area later in this blog.

We also had a report from Jeff Piotrowski of another levee almost being overtopped or breached in southern Plaquemines Parish. The levees are definitely going to be a concern in southern Louisiana over the next day.

Forecast


We are looking at the system starting to pick up in speed over the next few days after hanging out over Louisiana for the next day or so. After that we should see the storm turn to the northeast and affect areas such as Illinois and Indiana into the weekend.

Rainfall amounts should be over 10″ in some locations of Louisiana over the next few days. As they system works northward, we expect to see rainfall amounts decrease, but 4″+ are possible from Missouri into Ohio through Monday morning.

Viewer Photos

Here are some of the latest photos we have gotten in from fans — we thank our fans very much for letting us use them on air and online!

Check out this flooded yard in Pass Christian, MS from @junk1600s

Another flooded street from @sweathers1971 in Pass Christian, MS

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And here’s a photo from Braithwaite, LA where that levy was overtopped. Thanks to @devdomski for it!

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And here is a photo from the Biloxi Sun Herald of the flooding conditions in the area.

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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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