Isaac Officially Hurricane Category i (video)
Isaac's eye is about 150 miles south of New Orleans, moving slowly to the west-northwest on radar. The effects could reach out 200 miles from its center.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami upgraded Isaac to a Cateogry I Hurricane mid-day today, and landfall is expected to occur today. Isaac currently boasts surface wind speeds of 75 mph and flight-level winds even stronger, at 110 mph.
Forecasters say Isaac is moving northwest at a speed of 10 mph, but is expected to slowdown even more, which, unfortunately gives the hurricane time to wreak more havoc in some areas.
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Effects of the water reportedly may be more dangerous with this storm than the effects of the wind, because the storm can push walls of water while simultaneously dumping rain to glood low-lying coastal areas in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle. The effects could reach out 200 miles from its center.
New hurricane consultant David Bernard reports from CBS station WFOR-TV in Miami, that some areas hit by Isaac could see as much as 20 inches of rain.
Also as reported by CBS, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu insists the city is ready. However there is concern about the expected storm surge. Two major floodgates, which have been intended to protect the community, are still under construction. One of the them, the Houma Navigation Canal, will not be completed until next season. As of now, everyone in that area is under a mandatory evacuation notice.
As reported by the LATimes, The Army Corps of Engineers says new Orleans is ready for the storm. But now there is a tornado watch too. The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Cetner issued a tornado watch from southeastern Louisiana and coastal Mississippi eastward to the Florida Panhandle through Tuesday eveing, for 11 Louisiana parishes, Six Mississippi counties, three Alabama counties and seven Florida counties, currently until 7 pm CDT.
Isaac is scheduled to make landfall on southeastern Louisiana coast by tonight, testing the levee and pump station system that failed during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, as reported by the LATimes. "The systems have been repaired, replaced or upgraded as part of a massive $11-billion inter-agency effort led by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as part of an ongoing $14.6-billion federal project."
One side effect for Americans everywhere: Not only wind rain and waves, but gas prices could start surging too. Isaac may trigger an increase in gas prices of between 5 cents and 10 cents as soon as next week. More than 40 percent of U.S. refineries are along the Gulf Coast, and about 50% are lying directly in the path of Hurricane Isaac.
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