Maria Molina: Isaac Is Predicted to Hit New Orleans Late Tuesday, Early Wednesday as a Strong Category 1 Hurricane
Isaac remains a strong tropical storm and could intensify into a hurricane late today into tomorrow. The storm is moving across the southeastern Gulf of Mexico toward the WNW at 14mph.
Isaac is showing signs of organization with deeper convection near the center of the storm and an eyewall developing.
Isaac is a large storm, with tropical storm force winds up to 240 miles out from the center of the storm.
Landfall is forecast for New Orleans late Tuesday night into early Wednesday at a strong Category 1 storm with maximum sustained winds of about 90mph.
Isaac is forecast to slow down as it approaches the northern Gulf Coast which means a prolonged period of tropical storm and hurricane conditions for residents in the hurricane warning area, which extends from southeastern Louisiana to the coast of Alabama.
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A storm surge of up to 6-12' is possible from New Orleans to Mobile, Alabama. Locally, up to 18” of rain could occur as well.
Tropical storm conditions as early as late tonight are possible with hurricane conditions possible tomorrow.
Tornadoes are also possible as rain bands move inland. The threat today is along the Gulf Coast down into Central Florida.