NOAA reports that maximum winds associated with Hurricane Isaac are 80 miles per hour and that Hurricane force winds extend out 60 miles from the center while tropical storm force winds extend 175 miles out from the center.
Flooding from Hurricane Isaac’s storm surge has been, and will continue to occur throughout Wednesday as Hurricane Isaac slowly moves through New Orleans, Louisiana.
NOAA says that Hurricane Isaac poses a significant storm surge threat to the northern U.S. Gulf Coast:
Southeast Louisiana and Mississippi: 6 to 12 feet.
Alabama: 3 to 6 feet.
South Central Louisiana: 3 to 6 feet.
Florida Panhandle and Apalachee Bay: 2 to 4 feet
NOAA’s National Hurricane Center stormtracker forecasts that Hurricane Isaac will take a northwesterly track and arrive just off the coast of New Orleans, Louisiana today.
The northeast quadrant of Tropical Storm Issac turned Hurricane Isaac, the most powerful area of a hurricane in the northern hemisphere, is now over Mississippi and the Alabama-Florida border as Hurricane Isaac passes over southeast Louisiana.
The majority of the spaghetti models predict that Hurricane Isaac will head west-northwest on Wednesday and become a tropical storm after landfall. Hurricane Issac is predicted to become a tropical depression on Friday when it reaches Arkansas and Missouri.
Hurricane Isaac 2012 Path Map:
Latest Tropical Storm Isaac and Hurricane Isaac 2012 Information:
Hurricane Isaac is located 50 miles south-southwest of New Orleans, Louisiana with maximum sustained winds of 80 miles per hour, with higher gusts, as it moves west-northwest at 6 miles per hour .
A Hurricane Warning is in effect from Morgan City, Louisiana (including metropolitan New Orleans, Louisiana, Lake Maurepas, and Lake Pontchartrain) to the Mississippi/Alabama border.
A Hurricane Watch is in effect from Intracoastal City to Morgan City, Louisiana.
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect from the Mississippi/Alabama Border to Destin, Florida, and from Cameron, Louisiana to Morgan City, Louisiana.
A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued from east of High Island, Texas to west of Cameron, Louisiana.
A hurricane warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area – in this case within the next 24 hours. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion.
A hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area. A watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds. Conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous.
WTNT34 KNHC 291054
HURRICANE ISAAC INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY NUMBER 33A
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL092012
600 AM CDT WED AUG 29 2012
...ISAAC CONTINUES TO LASH NEW ORLEANS...DANGEROUS STORM SURGE AND
FLOOD THREAT FROM HEAVY RAINS LIKELY TO CONTINUE THROUGH TODAY AND
SUMMARY OF 600 AM CDT...1100 UTC...INFORMATION
ABOUT 20 MI...30 KM SE OF HOUMA LOUISIANA
ABOUT 50 MI...75 KM SSW OF NEW ORLEANS LOUISIANA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...80 MPH...130 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...NW OR 310 DEGREES AT 6 MPH...9 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...970 MB...28.64 INCHES
WATCHES AND WARNINGS
CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY...
SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT...
A HURRICANE WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR...
* EAST OF MORGAN CITY LOUISIANA TO THE MISSISSIPPI-ALABAMA BORDER...
INCLUDING METROPOLITAN NEW ORLEANS...LAKE PONTCHARTRAIN...AND LAKE
A HURRICANE WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR...
* INTRACOASTAL CITY TO MORGAN CITY LOUISIANA
A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR...
* THE MISSISSIPPI-ALABAMA BORDER TO DESTIN FLORIDA
* MORGAN CITY TO SABINE PASS TEXAS
A TROPICAL STORM WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR...
* EAST OF HIGH ISLAND TEXAS TO JUST WEST OF SABINE PASS
FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA...PLEASE MONITOR
PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST
DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
AT 600 AM CDT...1100 UTC...THE CENTER OF HURRICANE ISAAC WAS LOCATED
NEAR LATITUDE 29.4 NORTH...LONGITUDE 90.5 WEST. ISAAC HAS BEEN
WOBBLING OVER THE PAST COUPLE OF HOURS...BUT A GENERAL
NORTHWESTWARD MOTION NEAR 6 MPH...9 KM/H...IS EXPECTED THIS
MORNING. A NORTHWESTWARD MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE THROUGH
TONIGHT...FOLLOWED BY A TURN TOWARD THE NORTH-NORTHWEST BY THURSDAY
NIGHT OR EARLY FRIDAY. ON THE FORECAST TRACK...THE CENTER OF ISAAC
WILL MOVE OVER LOUISIANA TODAY AND TOMORROW...AND OVER SOUTHERN
ARKANSAS EARLY FRIDAY.
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 80 MPH...130 KM/H...WITH HIGHER
GUSTS. ISAAC IS A CATEGORY ONE HURRICANE ON THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON
HURRICANE WIND SCALE. WEAKENING IS FORECAST AS ISAAC MOVES OVER
LAND DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS.
HURRICANE-FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 60 MILES...95 KM...FROM
THE CENTER...AND TROPICAL-STORM-FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO
175 MILES...280 KM.
DURING THE PAST HOUR...A SUSTAINED WIND OF 54 MPH WITH A GUST TO 70
MPH WAS REPORTED AT LAKEFRONT AIRPORT IN NEW ORLEANS...A SUSTAINED
WIND OF 46 MPH WITH A GUST TO 69 MPH WAS REPORTED AT NEW CANAL
STATION IN NEW ORLEANS...AND A SUSTAINED WIND OF 58 MPH WITH A GUST
TO 73 MPH WAS REPORTED AT SHELL BEACH LOUISIANA.
THE ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 970 MB...28.64 INCHES.
HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
STORM SURGE...THE COMBINATION OF A STORM SURGE AND THE TIDE WILL
CAUSE NORMALLY DRY AREAS NEAR THE COAST TO BE FLOODED BY RISING
WATERS. THE WATER COULD REACH THE FOLLOWING DEPTHS ABOVE GROUND IF
THE PEAK SURGE OCCURS AT THE TIME OF HIGH TIDE...
* MISSISSIPPI AND SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA...6 TO 12 FT
* ALABAMA...3 TO 6 FT
* SOUTH-CENTRAL LOUISIANA...3 TO 6 FT
* FLORIDA PANHANDLE AND APALACHEE BAY...2 TO 4 FT
THE DEEPEST WATER WILL OCCUR ALONG THE IMMEDIATE COAST IN AREAS OF
ONSHORE WINDS. SURGE-RELATED FLOODING DEPENDS ON THE RELATIVE
TIMING OF THE SURGE AND THE TIDAL CYCLE...AND CAN VARY GREATLY OVER
SHORT DISTANCES. FOR INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA...PLEASE
SEE PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR LOCAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE. NEAR THE
COAST...THE SURGE WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY LARGE AND DANGEROUS WAVES.
WIND...TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS WILL CONTINUE ACROSS THE WARNING
AREA THIS MORNING...AND HURRICANE CONDITIONS WILL CONTINUE TO AFFECT
PORTIONS OF SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA IN THE HURRICANE WARNING AREA.
WINDS AFFECTING THE UPPER FLOORS OF HIGH-RISE BUILDINGS WILL BE
SIGNIFICANTLY STRONGER THAN THOSE NEAR GROUND LEVEL. AT ABOUT THE
30TH STORY...WINDS WOULD LIKELY BE ONE SAFFIR-SIMPSON CATEGORY
STRONGER THAN AT THE SURFACE.
RAINFALL...ISAAC IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE TOTAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF
7 TO 14 INCHES...WITH POSSIBLE ISOLATED MAXIMUM AMOUNTS OF 20
INCHES...OVER MUCH OF LOUISIANA...SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI...AND
SOUTHWEST ALABAMA THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING. THESE RAINS COULD RESULT
IN SIGNIFICANT LOWLAND FLOODING. RAINS ARE EXPECTED TO INCREASE
NORTHWARD INTO ARKANSAS ON THURSDAY WITH AMOUNTS OF 3 TO 6 INCHES
EXPECTED OVER SOUTHERN ARKANSAS BY FRIDAY MORNING.
TORNADOES...ISOLATED TORNADOES ARE POSSIBLE ALONG THE CENTRAL GULF
COAST REGION AND PARTS OF THE LOWER MISSISSIPPI RIVER VALLEY
SURF...DANGEROUS SURF AND RIP CURRENT CONDITIONS WILL CONTINUE TO
AFFECT THE WEST COAST OF FLORIDA AND THE NORTHERN GULF COAST FOR THE
NEXT DAY OR SO.
NEXT INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY...800 AM CDT.
NEXT COMPLETE ADVISORY...1000 AM CDT.