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Isaac is now a hurricane, brace for impact tonight

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

ISAAC IS NOW A HURRICANE AS OF 11:20AM THIS MORNING...Isaac continues to move toward the coastal region, with the threat of significant rain in some areas, and the threat of flooding for designated Flash Flood Watches (indicated below).

The latest location of ISAAC is 28.1N  88.6W, and its about 80 moles SE of New Orleans Louisiana. Maximum sustained winds are now at 75 mph, making it a category 1.The movement of the entire storm has picked up, at 10 mph toward the NW.  The minimum Central Pressure at 976 Mb... 28.82 in.

Newly issued Flash Flood watches, as of early this morning, now reach into central Mississippi and down to the coast. ISAAC's outer bands have already caused concern for estimates of 5-10" in rain along the coast and reaching inland.

Isaac's band will cause showers to push in from the south. Winds NE 10-20 mph, with a 70% chance of showers.

Tonight Isaac is expected to make landfall near or right after midnight as a category 1 hurricane. Storm surge along the coast, flooding in low lying areas and possible severe storms/tornadoes are likely to follow the path of the storm.

Overnight lows will be in the lower 70s, winds staying strong at 15-25 mph and swirling.

Wednesday, Isaac is expected to be in full effect. Anticipate various severe storms and tornado warnings throughout central and south Mississippi.

Highs will be in the lower 80s with heavy rainfall and lighting strikes becoming very frequent. We'll keep you updated in the latest with ISAAC around the clock.

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