Isaac Still a Hurricane, Nearly Stationary South of New Orleans

Hurricane Isaac maintains its strength as it remains almost stationary just off of the Louisiana coast.

As of the 2am Central Advisory from the National Hurricane Center, Isaac was stationary just 70 miles south of New Orleans.

As before, sustained winds inside the storm were at 80 miles per hour, putting it at Category 1 strength. These winds stretched up to 60 miles out from the center of the storm, while Tropical Storm-force winds (40mph to 73mph) extended up to 175 miles out from the center of the storm. Very little change in strength is expected this morning.

Tropical Storm and Hurricane Watches and Warnings remain in effect where such winds—and rains—from the storm are expected.

Flash Flooding is extremely likely near the storm, with bands of rain stretching out as far south as near Jackson, Mississippi and as far east as Pensacola, Florida.

Dangerous storm surge is expected from this storm across the Northern Gulf Coast. That surge could be 3 to 6 feet for the Alabama coast, 1 to 3 feet for the Florida Panhandle and up to 12 feet for parts of the Mississippi and Louisiana coastlines.

The threat of tornadoes remains possible for Southwest Alabama as well as parts of Louisiana and Mississippi. The most recent Tornado Warning was for Mobile and Baldwin counties.

Dangerous rip currents and choppy surf can be expected all along the Gulf of Mexico’s coastlines.

Clouds from the storm stretch out much further than the rain, and stretch well north of even Montgomery, Alabama.

Stay with WTVY and for the very latest on Isaac and any breaking or developing weather.

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