‘Spawn Of Isaac’ Moves Into Gulf
NEW ORLEANS, La. — What’s left of former Hurricane Isaac may not be done with the Gulf coast. The remnants of the storm moved across the nation’s midsection, but now it is hovering off the Gulf Coast.
Meteorologist Shawn O’Neill of the National Weather Service in Slidell dubbed the area of disturbed weather the “spawn of Isaac.”
O’Neill says there is a 20 percent chance the system could develop once again into a tropical depression, but he says it would probably get a new name if it develops even further. Ultimately, O’Neill says, that decision would rest with the National Hurricane Center.
Forecasters at the Hurricane Center day the storm would like be named Isaac if it strengthens.
O’Neill says the disturbance is expected to move generally south until Friday or Saturday, when a cold front should take it away to the east or northeast.
“That’s the fingers-crossed, hope-the-front-comes down scenario,” O’Neill says.
Many of Louisiana’s southeastern parishes are still experiencing the effects of Isaac. The hurricane came ashore the night of August 28 with winds of 80 mph, flooding many parishes and areas of Mississippi.
As Isaac moved further inland and started losing its tropical characteristics, O’Neill says it’s energy split into two segments. One moved east, while the other went to the south to emerge over the Gulf.