Miss-Lou may get more than 10 inches of rain from storm

Published 10:47 am Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Ben Hillyer | The Natchez Democrat — Winds whip the flags on the Natchez Grand Hotel Tuesday afternoon as traffic passes by on Broadway Street. Winds will continue to pick up through Thursday as Hurricane Isaac passes through the Miss-Lou.

NATCHEZ — As Hurricane Isaac’s predicted path has danced westward throughout the day, the expected amount of rainfall for Adams County and Concordia Parish has continued to climb. Current National Weather Service predictions show the area may get between 10 to 15 inches of rain from the storm.

The heaviest rainfall may be over Concordia Parish. Sustained winds of 30 to 35 mph are expected to hit the Miss-Lou just after midnight tonight, when Hurricane Isaac begins making landfall on the coast.

NWS meteorologist David Cox said Isaac has wobbled a little west, but the Miss-Lou will still see tropical-storm-force winds. The storm is currently strengthening, but is expected to slow down and lose strength after landfall.

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“There might be an update later on that it could maybe a go a little bit farther west and winds may not be as high, but they will still definitely be tropical-storm-force winds,” he said.

Cox said winds will be gusty in Natchez and the surrounding areas throughout the afternoon, with gusts from 20-25 mph. The winds will likely pick up  after midnight tonight, staying consistently 30-35 mph with gusts up to 40-45 mph.

Cox said winds will really start to pick up Wednesday afternoon and evening, staying consistently 40-45 mph and gusting up to 50-55 mph.

Isaac is scheduled to make landfall between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. Wednesday as a Category 1 hurricane, Cox said.

The farther west Isaac goes, the bigger the threat of isolated tornadoes, Cox said.

“These will be weak tornadoes, you’re not going to get anything strong out of a tropical storm,” he said.