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Hurricane Isaac – Day 8 — Why Now?
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Hurricane Isaac – Day 8

Hurricane IsaacPosition: 29.1N 89.9W [11PM CDT 0400 UTC].
Movement: Northwest [310°] near 8 mph [13 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 80 mph [130 kph].
Wind Gusts: 95 mph [150 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 185 Miles [295 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 60 miles [ 95 km].
Minimum central pressure: 968 mb.

Currently about 65 miles [100 km] South of New Orleans.
Currently about 60 miles [ 95 km] Southeast of Houma, Louisiana.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the Northern Gulf Coast from east of Morgan City, Louisiana to the Alabama-Mississippi border including New Orleans, Lake Maurepas, and Lake Pontchartrain.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect from the Alabama-Mississippi border to Destin, Florida and from Morgan City, Louisiana to Sabine Pass.

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for Intracoastal City to Morgan City, Louisiana.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for High Island, Texas to Sabine Pass.

Update: in a special advisory issued at 11:20AM CDT Isaac has been upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane. NHC says: “…RECONNAISSANCE DATA INDICATE ISAAC FINALLY ACHIEVES HURRICANE STATUS…”

High tide in New Orleans was at 6:38PM CDT with the arrival of the storm near the coastline, which amplifies the surge.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]