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Isaac Approaches

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UPDATE:
August 28

1:45pm

Overview
Today, there is a stationary front to the North of LA that is fizzling out. This is allowing Hurricane Isaac to pick up speed and move further inland. Rain from Isaac's outer feeder-bands will begin to move into our area, in advance of this system. Isaac is currently located about 50 miles SSE of Baton Rouge and currently moving Northwest at 6mph. This storm will impact Central Louisiana through the end of the week.
Elsewhere in the Tropics, Forecasters are watching three different areas of interest in the Atlantic Basin, to include Hurricane Isaac and Tropical Storm Kirk .

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Discussion
Our weather through the next couple of days depends heavily on how Isaac acts. This system is beginning to pick up some speed as a Cat 1 storm and is expected to retain its hurricane status for only a short time period. As this storm moves inland it will no longer be able to gain strength from the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Nevertheless, the slow nature of Isaac will bring prolonged time periods of heavy rainfall to Central Louisiana. Some new-rainfall estimates have us getting 2-12 inches from this event. Higher accumulations can be expected for parts of our area, especially if Isaac stalls out again.
We will really begin to be impacted by this storm during the late afternoon and throughout the evening hours.
T.S. conditions will move in during the overnight hours and last through Thursday, before gradually tapering off on Friday.
  
For the rest of the day
Expect mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies with increasing cover and wind speeds that will be picking up in strength, later this afternoon/evening. As Isaac continues to move further inland (around midnight or after 1am) we will start to see Tropical Storm conditions in our area. Conditions will remain rough through the overnight hours with a slight risk for severe weather and flash flooding probable, throughout the event. Highs will climb into the mid to upper 80's and winds will be moderate to strong and out of the North, becoming Tropical Storm Force and variable. Rain chances will rise to a definite chance later in the evening and overnight hours.
 
For the rest of the 7day planner
Issac will influence our weather through the end of the week with storm conditions tapering off, Friday and Saturday. We are still Starting tonight, rain wind speeds and rain chances will be on the rise as Isaac moves closer to the area. Isaac will make landfall overnight and slowly move inland. This event could bring 2-12 inches of new rainfall, coupled with strong winds and high gusts. Some model guidance and forecasters suggest that this storm will slow down and come just short of stalling out over our area. Rain chances will be definite and there will be a risk for severe weather. To include: High winds, Heavy rainfall, Flash flooding and more. This event will begin to wrap up Late on Thursday and through Friday, followed by clearing skies and falling rain chances on closer to the weekend..
 
TODAY...Increasing clouds during the afternoon/evening with a 30% chance of showers and wind speeds will be picking up. Highs 90-96. Breezy, with N/NE wind 15-30 mph.

TUESDAY NIGHT...Mostly cloudy with off/on rain/showers and a few thunderstorms and rain chances on the rise (50%). Heavy rain is possible. Windy. N/NE winds 15-30 mph. Lows 73-77.

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