TROPICS: Isaac threatens U.S. Gulf Coast
2012 Hurricane & Cyclone Season
Isaac a serious threat to U.S. Gulf Coast
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 27 August, 2012 : - - Hurricane Isaac will not be another Katrina in terms of intensity, but it is still a dangerous storm. Isaac is forecast to make landfall as a hurricane in Louisiana and will bring the risk of storm surge flooding, inland flooding, damaging wind, tornadoes and beach erosion. Isaac could drive a substantial amount of water inland quickly over southeastern Louisiana and southern Mississippi.
As a result a relatively weaker storm (Category 1 or 2), when compared to Katrina (Category 3 at landfall in La./Miss.), could still pack a considerable punch. Isaac is a large storm in terms of surface area with its circulation extending out hundreds of miles from the center, especially on its eastern and northern side.
At present, Isaac is a fast-moving storm. Nasty conditions and water rises are likely to occur quickly, as the center approaches the coast Tuesday afternoon and moves inland Tuesday evening.
Tropical Storm Isaac © NOAA
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The next system, Invest 97L, is showing signs of organization but is on a track to stay out at sea.
There's another one in the pipeline after that which just came off Africa. Models differ on whether it'll take a track similar to Isaac into the Caribbean, or miss the Leewards to the north.
Typhoon Bolaven fortunately has weakened quite a bit from when it was at peak intensity, but is still large in size as its center heads toward North Korea while its circulation also impacts South Korea.
Typhoon Tembin has done a loop and is affecting Taiwan again, which it already hit.
An area of concentrated convection well offshore of Mexico is on the verge of being organized enough to be classified as a tropical cyclone. It is headed out to sea.
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Source: NOAA / JTWC
Compiled by: SV Editors
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