Isaac Continues To Weaken as It Slowly Moves Inland

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
Aug. 30 2012 9:40 AM

Isaac Update: Storm Slowly Weakening, But Still Soaking Louisiana

150952522
Henry Cox drives his boat while rescuing residents from the flood waters of Hurricane Isaac in the River Forest subdivision on August 29, 2012 in LaPlace, La.

Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images.

Latest from the National Weather Service:

"Isaac is slowly weakening as it continues to move over land. Winds have decreased to 45 mph and Isaac is expected to become a tropical depression by Thursday evening. The center of Isaac will continue to move over Louisiana on Thursday, over Arkansas on Friday and over southern Missouri Friday night. Life-threatening hazards from storm surge, inland flooding and tornadoes are still occurring."
Advertisement

The frustratingly slow-moving storm spent most of yesterday camped out near the coast, dumping as much as 20 inches of rain in some areas of Louisiana. Levees and pumps in New Orleans held up, thankfully, but things are a little more dicey in the rest of the state, where roughly a third of households were left without power, according to NBC News.

Heavy rain and winds are expected to continue to pound much of the region for the remainder of today, if not into tomorrow. That, CNN reports, has prompted authorities to urge residents of a handful of towns outside of New Orleans to get out while they still can ahead of the rising waters brought on by Isaac.

Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City. 

TODAY IN SLATE

Politics

Blacks Don’t Have a Corporal Punishment Problem

Americans do. But when blacks exhibit the same behaviors as others, it becomes part of a greater black pathology. 

I Bought the Huge iPhone. I’m Already Thinking of Returning It.

Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.

Lifetime Didn’t Think the Steubenville Rape Case Was Dramatic Enough

So they added a little self-immolation.

Two Damn Good, Very Different Movies About Soldiers Returning From War

Medical Examiner

The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola 

The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.

Students Aren’t Going to College Football Games as Much Anymore, and Schools Are Getting Worried

The Good Wife Is Cynical, Thrilling, and Grown-Up. It’s Also TV’s Best Drama.

  News & Politics
Weigel
Sept. 20 2014 11:13 AM -30-
  Business
Business Insider
Sept. 20 2014 6:30 AM The Man Making Bill Gates Richer
  Life
Quora
Sept. 20 2014 7:27 AM How Do Plants Grow Aboard the International Space Station?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 19 2014 4:58 PM Steubenville Gets the Lifetime Treatment (And a Cheerleader Erupts Into Flames)
  Slate Plus
Slate Picks
Sept. 19 2014 12:00 PM What Happened at Slate This Week? The Slatest editor tells us to read well-informed skepticism, media criticism, and more.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Sept. 20 2014 3:21 PM “The More You Know (About Black People)” Uses Very Funny PSAs to Condemn Black Stereotypes
  Technology
Future Tense
Sept. 19 2014 6:31 PM The One Big Problem With the Enormous New iPhone
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 20 2014 7:00 AM The Shaggy Sun
  Sports
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.