New Orleans Under Isaac Hurricane Watch, Could See 70-Mph Winds Wed

"The National Hurricane Center has placed the New Orleans area under a hurricane watch for Isaac, which is now forecast to make landfall at Gulfport on Wednesday at 7 a.m.  as a Category 2 hurricane with sustained winds of 105 mph. The new forecast extends the hurricane watch area westward to Morgan City.

Hurricane conditions are possible in the watch area along the northern Gulf Coast on Tuesday, with tropical storm conditions possible by Monday night.

The Slidell office of the National Weather Service said Isaac's winds on the south shore of Lake Pontchartrain are likely to reach 30 to 50 mph, with gusts to 70 mph, Tuesday night, increasing to 50 to 70 mph, with gusts to 90 on Wednesday.

Storm surge could reach 7 to 10 feet along the Mississippi Sound and into Lake Borgne, and 5 to 10 feet along the rest of the eastern side of the Mississippi River."

Mark Schleifstein reports for the New Orleans Times-Picayune August 26, 2012.


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Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune, 08/27/2012