Tropical storm Isaac moving slowly over central Louisiana

30 August 2012 14:26  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Tropical storm Isaac continued to move slowly north-westward over central Louisiana on Thursday morning, producing heavy rains and high water levels in its wake, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in an update.

Even though Isaac is no longer a hurricane, life-threatening hazards from storm surges continued and tornados were still occurring, the NHC warned.

Isaac was 125 miles (205km) northwest of New Orleans, with maximum sustained winds of 45 miles/hour, on Thursday morning, the NHC said.

The NHC said it expects Isaac to turn north-northwest later today, with a turn northward on Friday.

On its forecast track, the centre of Isaac will continue to move over central Louisiana on Thursday, over Arkansas on Friday, and over southern Missouri on Friday night, the NHC said.

The centre said it expects Isaac to steadily weaken over the next 48 hours, with the storm forecast to become a tropical depression by Thursday night.

Isaac, which hit Louisiana as a hurricane, prompted many chemical, energy and fertilizer companies to shut down plants as a precaution. Oil firms shut in nearly all of their production in the US Gulf of Mexico.

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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