SPRINGFIELD, MASS (WGGB)- As of 5 pm Isaac remains a Tropical Storm however has strengthened with winds up to 70 mph. Isaac is moving to the northwest at 12mph. Isaac is forecast to slowly strengthen as he churns towards the Gulf Coast. He will likely make landfall late tomorrow evening along the Louisiana coast as a category one or two hurricane. Hurricane Watches and Warnings remain in effect from coastal, central Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle.
Isaac will be traveling over very warm waters which will help strengthen the storm. However, exactly how strong Isaac will be when he makes landfall remains the big question. If winds aloft lighten and dry air stops getting infiltrated into the system then Isaac could easily become a major hurricane before making landfall.
The cone of uncertainty is narrowing as it draws closer to the coast. Right now New Orleans is in the center of the cone and could take a direct hit. It will be 7 years to the day on Wednesday, August 29th that Hurricane Katrine made landfall.
As far as we are concerned, Isaac will have no direct effect on our weather. It remains to be seen if some of the leftover moisture from Isaac will head our way for the second half of the Labor Day Weekend. Stay tuned!