Hurricane Isaac lashes New Orleans on Wednesday morning

29 August 2012 14:09  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Hurricane Isaac lashed New Orleans on Wednesday morning, with dangerous storm surges and flood threats from heavy rain likely to continue through the day and tonight, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in an update.

Isaac's centre was about 50 miles (75km) south-south-west of New Orleans on Wednesday morning, according to the NHC. The category one hurricane had maximum sustained winds of 80 miles/hour (130 km/hour).

Isaac had been wobbling over the past couple of hours, but a general north-westward motion near six miles/hour (9km/hour) is expected on Wednesday morning. The hurricane’s north-westward motion is expected to continue through Wednesday night, the NHC said.

On the forecast track, Isaac’s centre will move over Louisiana on Wednesday and Thursday and over southern Arkansas on early Friday. Isaac is forecast to weaken as it moves over land during the next 48 hours, the NHC said.

The NHC also warned of isolated tornados along the central US Gulf coast region and parts of the lower Mississippi Valley through Wednesday.

Many chemical, energy and fertilizer companies shut down plants as a precaution.

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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