Hurricane Isaac makes landfall in southeast Louisiana

29 August 2012 03:19  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Hurricane Isaac made landfall in southeast Louisiana late on Tuesday and is moving northwest along the coast, bringing strong winds, heavy rain and a “dangerous storm surge”, according to the US National Hurricane Center (NHC).

According to the NHC’s latest update at 09:00 hours Singapore time (01:00 GMT), Isaac’s centre was about 75 miles (120km) southeast of New Orleans and was packing in maximum sustained winds of 80 miles/hour.

A storm surge of 9.5 feet (2.9 metres) was recently reported at a Shell Beach, Louisiana, while a storm surge of 5.7 feet was observed at Waveland, Mississippi, it said in the update.

“The centre of the hurricane will continue to move near or over the southern coast of Louisiana over the next few hours and move further inland over southeastern Louisiana during the next day or so,” it added.

Isaac, now a category one hurricane, may strengthen further before it moves inland and weakens gradually, according to the NHC.

The hurricane has forced oil production in the US Gulf of Mexico to drop by more than 90%, with several petrochemical plants and refineries have either reduced operating rates or shut down in preparation for Hurricane Isaac.

Hurricanes can disrupt the North American petrochemical industry, since oil and gas production is concentrated in the Gulf of Mexico and many of the country's refineries and petrochemical plants are on the US Gulf coast.

By: Nurluqman Suratman

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