Isaac Approaches South Louisiana

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The center of Hurricane Isaac is just off the shore of Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana moving west-northwest toward Buras. That is over 100 miles away from the Alabama Gulf Coast, but there are still some significant issues for the coastal communities of our state.

The storm surge from Isaac is not on the scale of disasters like Katrina (2005) and Ivan (2004), but it is causing a large area of coastal flooding in Mobile and Baldwin Counties.

Winds are gusting as high as 51 MPH in Mobile County over 90 miles northwest of Isaac’s center.

Wind gusts from some buoys off east of Buras, LA are as high as 90 MPH at buoy KMIS.
At Station PSTL near Southwest Pass, LA, the wind is running between 52 and 67 miles per hour as Isaac approaches.

The eye wall seems to be jogging a little west then a little north at times giving the storm an over-all motion to the west-northwest (official motion from NHC is NW at 10 MPH).

Impacts here in the Tennessee Valley will be relatively minor; we do expect an increase in the chance of rain through the end of the week.

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