Isaac continued to drench Louisiana after making landfall as a hurricane Tuesday. Isaac was downgraded to a tropical storm on Wednesday afternoon.
In the NHC’s 8 p.m. advisory, Isaac was about 30 miles west-southwest of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph. It was moving northwest at 5 mph.
Isaac was expected to continue moving in the same general direction before turning to the north-northwest by late Thursday or early Friday. Isaac was expected to further weaken as it moved inland.
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A tropical wave in the open Atlantic Ocean could become our next named storm, the National Hurricane Center said Wednesday.
At 8 p.m., the system was about 900 miles west-southwest of the Cape Verde Islands.
Forecasters said the system had become better organized. It was given a 70 percent chance of developing into a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours.
As the tropical wave moved west, Local 10 Hurricane Specialist Max Mayfield wanted to remind everyone that we are in the peak of hurricane season.
Tropical Storm Kirk strengthened slightly over the open Atlantic.
In the NHC’s 5 p.m. advisory, Kirk was about 1,110 miles east-northeast of the northern Leeward Islands with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph. It was moving west-northwest at 12 mph.
Kirk was forecast to turn toward the northwest by Thursday evening. It poses no threat to land.