Hurricane Isaac is staying nearly in place this Wednesday morning, unleashing winds and heavy rain on the rural parishes of Southeastern Louisiana and the city of New Orleans.
The storm, which made landfall Tuesday, has all but stalled over Plaquemines Parish south of New Orleans. The parish has had several small levels overtopped by the storm surge.
In New Orleans itself, the levee system - reinforced in many places after Hurricane Katrina - was holding fast, and the city's pumping system was doing its job. Winds in the Crescent City have gusted to 100 miles per hour at times. In the Mississippi Gulf Coast region, much of U.S. 90 paralleling the coast is closed because of flooding. The coast's casinos closed Monday in advance of the storm.
What little movement there is in the eye of Isaac is now turning farther to the west, with the current projected path eventually taking the storm over Springfield, Mo. by early Saturday morning. However, because the storm is largely spinning in place, further movement is unpredictable.
For central Alabama, the current forecasts show possible storms from the outer bands of Isaac, mainly on Thursday and Friday. There's a chance of small tornadoes in the western part of the state on Friday, but again, that forecast depends on when Isaac decides to move inland, and which path he finally takes. For now, few problems aside from soaking rain are expected for metro Birmingham.