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Isaac leaves its mark on several areas of Louisiana

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Flooding left many vehicles and homes sitting in high water. Flooding left many vehicles and homes sitting in high water.
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

The center of Tropical Storm Isaac is northwest of Baton Rouge and some strong rain bands have been affecting areas well to the east of the city.

More rain and wind will be possible from coastal parishes through New Orleans into St. Tammany Parish. The strongest activity nearest to Baton Rouge is in the Hammond area stretching north into southwest Mississippi. Interactive Radar

Entergy engineers will start assessments later in the morning. The bucket trucks can start repairs as soon as the winds die down. The wind needs to get down to about 30 mph before they will send the trucks out. Entergy has 10,000 people from 23 states in Louisiana assisting with repairs.

Trooper Russell Graham with the Louisiana State Police said crews were able to clear many blocked streets overnight because people stayed off the roads and didn't create additional problems.

Troopers spent the night patrolling, reporting downed power lines, clearing roads and providing escorts for busses. They will be doing a lot of the same today.

Graham said many roads in Acsension Parish are still out because of high water. He added the only way to get to New Orleans from Baton Rouge is by taking I-12 to Slidell and then I-10 West to New Orleans. Updates on road closures can be found on the LSP website.

Isaac remains a tropical storm with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph. It has picked up a little forward speed and is now making its way to the northwest at 8 mph.

Rain totals will continue to climb through the night as well. Rains will extend through most or all of Thursday, with winds slowly decreasing through the day. Drier weather arrives in time for the weekend. TRACK ISAAC

Thousands of people are without power and several trees have fallen in several areas.

I-10 East remains closed at the Gramercy exit due to high water in the LaPlace area. Traffic is being detoured onto LA 641 to US 61 (Airline) southbound.

The National Hurricane Center confirmed Hurricane Isaac made landfall along Southwest Pass of the Mississippi River in Plaquemines Parish around 6:45 p.m. Latest National Hurricane Center Advisories 

Isaac then made a second landfall on the Louisiana coast early Wednesday morning.

Isaac moved ashore just west of Port Fourchon around 2:15 a.m. It was still a category 1 storm with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph. It has been moving very slowly over the past few hours.

The National Weather Service reported an 18-mile stretch of levee in Plaquemines Parish was over-topped. Residents were evacuated. The stretch of levee is on east bank of Plaquemines from Braithwaite to White Ditch. There is a flash flood emergency for the east bank of Plaquemines Parish because of the levee overtopping.

Several forecast models are calling for 10" to 15" of rain or more along and east of the storm track. Runoff from these rains could mean significant flooding on several southeast Louisiana rivers as rising waters over lakes Maurepas and Pontchartrain will block normal drainage, causing the rivers to back-up.

Isaac was upgraded to a category 1 hurricane late Tuesday morning.

A tropical storm warning remains in effect for the following Louisiana parishes:

  • Ascension
  • Assumption
  • Jefferson
  • Lafourche
  • Livingston
  • Orleans
  • Plaquemines
  • St. Bernard
  • St. Charles
  • St. James
  • St. John the Baptist
  • St. Tammany
  • Tangipahoa
  • Terrebonne

 

The following Mississippi counties are in the warning area:

  • Hancock
  • Harrison
  • Jackson
  • Pearl River

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