Tropical Storm Isaac

Isaac has weakened to a tropical storm as it moves inland over Louisiana but people all over Mississippi are still dealing with heavy rains and wind. The storm has already flooded homes and highways in low-lying areas and the rain is still falling in much of the Gulf Coast area. The center of Isaac is expected to move farther inland over Louisiana today and then move over southern Arkansas tonight or early Friday.

President Obama has declared federal emergencies in areas of Mississippi and Louisiana hit hard by Isaac. The orders cover 35 parishes in Louisiana and 34 counties in Mississippi and will speed up federal aid and recovery efforts.

The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for an area including the counties of Grenada, Sunflower, Leflore, Carroll, Montgomery and Webster. As Isaac moves inland, expect locally heavy rains to gradually increase. The heavy rain might eventually result in at least a few ponding of water issues later today. And the potential for brief tornadoes will increase today.