FREE: Isaac Remains A Category 1 Hurricane Following Two Landfalls, The First Being Over 12 Hours Ago!

Courtesy of The Weather Channel

Hurricane Isaac continues to hold an impressive structure on radar and satellite presentation despite making not one but two landfalls along the Louisiana coast. The warm, moist, swampy land down across far southern Louisiana and slow forward speed in the single digits with a period in which it stalled, drifted west and hugged the coast, all has helped Isaac maintain itself for such a long duration. In the eyes of Isaac, it has been over warm water the whole time. Following the initial landfall around 6.45pm CT last night near Plaquemines Parish, Isaac then drifted back out over the Gulf where it stalled for a period of time before finally moving again, making that second landfall near Port Fourchon early this morning.

Throughout the night, Isaac has been throwing everything it had up against Louisiana packing powerful, damaging winds and sending in those driving sheets of rain as well as a 6-12 foot storm surge across the coast of Louisiana and Mississippi.

Power is out to 440,000 in Louisiana alone

There has been a steady rise all night in power outages and it’s said that there is currently 440,000 homes in Louisiana without power with half of that number in New Orleans alone.

Levee Overtopped, sends 12 feet of water into homes

Reports are filtering in of an 18 mile stretch of levee to the south of New Orleans, near to where the first landfall occured has been overtopped. As much as 12 feet of water has stilled into peoples homes in Plaquemines Parish.

Constant Pounding from wind, rain and surge

The vast size and very slow crawl of Isaac is a significant problem in itself as 60-90 mph winds, 1-3 inch per hour rains and a storm surge which has lasted all night long will continue across much of Louisiana throughout the rest of today. So, rather than a hurricane coming in and out in a matter of hours, it will take a solid 24 hours to clear and that takes it’s toll on humanity as well as structures and even the flood threat from water levels rising and rising.

The slow movement also means that Isaac will continue to feed off of deep Gulf moisture throughout the rest of today and with well organised, intense convective bands streaming in off the Gulf and around the circulation, this means rainfall rates of 1-3 inch per hour rains over perhaps a 6-12 hour period with only minimal breaks in between will cause flash flooding, it could be historic. The flooding aspect of this storm in itself could devastating.

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