Hurricane Isaac has forced hundreds of thousands of Gulf Coast residents to hunker down as the storm is on track to make landfall tonight (Aug. 28). The…Read More »
storm could strike New Orleans nearly seven years to the day that Hurricane Katrina killed nearly 2,000 people across the Gulf. While the Gulf braces for the worst, the storm has already been felt from Haiti to South Florida.
On Aug. 26, the wind was already picking up in Boca Raton, Fla., as then Tropical Storm Isaac approached the United States. Less «
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Tropical Storm Isaac intensified to a hurricane today (Aug. 28), with winds of 75 mph (121 kph). The hurricane is forecast to pass the mouth of the Mississippi…Read More »
River tonight, with some locations seeing up to 20 inches (50 centimeters) of rain.
Yesterday, hurricane hunters from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration returned to the skies to gauge Isaac's intensity. A glimpse out of the navigator's window, shown above, reveals a menacing tropical storm below, with wind speeds around 70 mph (112 kph). Less «
By Aug. 26, U.S. forecasters and hurricane hunters already smelled trouble for the Gulf Coast, and hurricane-measuring aircraft again took to the skies to track and measure the storm.
Isaac is expected to be a Category 1 hurricane at landfall, with winds of up to 95 mph (153 kph). Some forecasters even predict Isaac could reach Category 2 status with winds between 96-110 mph (154-177 kph). Isaac will certainly pack a punch regardless of its category rank, but the storm will be much smaller than Hurricane Katrina, which was a powerful Category 5 hurricane at landfall. Katrina was the costliest storm in U.S. history.
This adventurous kite surfer wasn't scared of Isaac. The surfer was riding the unusually high surf at Daytona Beach, Fla., on Aug. 27. But for this brave…Read More »
soul, the wind was almost too much.
"His ride took him very close to the pier a few times, but he managed to keep control of his kite," wrote Sophia Gribbin of Ocala, Fla., who captured the action from the balcony of a nine-story condo nearby.
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Credit: Melanie de Greling/JetBlue Airways.
Airlines have cancelled flights to and from New Orleans just to be safe, following widespread cancellations on Sunday in South Florida. Southwest cancelled…Read More »
about 80 flights today for passengers travelling to and from New Orleans, reported the Associated Press. Other airlines, including JetBlue, shown above, also cancelled several days' worth of flights.
On Monday, public officials called for mandatory evacuations in low-lying areas in metro New Orleans, including all of St. Charles Parish. They stopped short of calling for a mandatory metrowide evacuation, as was the case in 2005 as Katrina approached.
"We have been under a persistent Isaac spiral feeder band since last night," Cook wrote, referring to the cloud structure with a long area of rainfall. "It's like a never-ending train of rain/wind/thunder. I've lost about 8 feet of my back garden so far."