Isaac could hold potential impacts for North Texas

By Ben Cowlishaw
Staff Writer

Earlier this morning, Hurricane Isaac made landfall in southeast Louisiana on the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. As the storm’s projected path continues to shift westward, Isaac’s effects may be felt in the Metroplex.

At only Category 1 strength at landfall, Isaac was not forecasted to pack the devastating punch brought by Katrina seven years ago. As of the 11 AM advisory Isaac was moving north-west at just six miles per hour, meaning the northern gulf coast could experience flooding rains, damaging winds and powerful storm surge for up to 24 hours.

There have been reports that in Plaquemines Parish, the storm surge overtopped 16-foot levees, leading to some flooding in those areas.

Although it made its first landfall early this morning, Isaac is still a hurricane, despite weakening some.

The current projected path takes the center of the storm over northwest Louisiana, grazing the northeast corner of Texas. While the center might not pass through the area, Isaac is a very large storm system, so if Isaac follows its current forecasted path, North Texas could see some heavy tropical downpours, as well as severe weather frequently seen with land falling tropical systems.

Coppell Student Media will keep you updated if Isaac leaves its mark on the area.