Hurricane Isaac is now making a direct impact on our weather in Mississippi, starting with heavy showers with tornadoes beginning to spin off the main storm. Isaac had grown to a strong Category 1 Hurricane, with potential of 15 foot surges on the coast.
We can expect steady downpours the entire day, temps in the mid 80s and winds east 20-30 mph (and gusting beyond 40mph as well) along with possible tornadoes.
Flash flood watches are in effect reaching into the delta down to the coast. Tornado watches are active for southern and south central MS, and likely to include the entire state later today.
Tonight the storms will continue to churn as Isaac loses strength over land; degrading to a tropical storm - still causing major problems.
The eye of Isaac is expected to pass over Louisiana and into Arkansas, leaving us in the north east quadrant of the storm. That means, we are the most likely area for tornadoes and flooding rains to continue during the overnight period.
Temps will fall into the lower 70s, and we could see up to 10" of rain over the next few days.
Thursday, the storms continue, at least in the vein of heavy downpours and flash flooding many areas. Projections by Thursday indicate that Isaac will lose enough strength to fall back to a tropical depression - but still creating plenty of heavy rain bands.
Highs in the lower 80s, 90% chances of showers and rain.
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