It may have been downgraded to a “Tropical Depression” by the National Hurricane Center, but Isidore has nonetheless brought heavy rains and created flood conditions to much of the Eastern U.S.
After its first came ashore along the Louisiana Gulf Coast, Isidore dumped heavy rain over much of Tennessee and Alabama before moving into Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania today.
The NHC issued a weather warning of possible flooding in “several counties in Indiana until noon EST on Friday, and in Northern Ohio and Northwest Pennsylvania through Friday.”
It also indicated that “most of the counties in Southeastern Ohio and Northwestern PA are under a flash flood watch through Friday. Northern and Eastern Ohio and several Counties in West Virginia are under a flood watch from 4:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. Friday.”
the bulletin also indicated that “The flood watch for Southeastern Ohio and Northeast Kentucky and the Ohio River Counties of West Virginia continues through 4:00 p.m. CDT Friday afternoon.”
Isidore is the first serious tropical storm to strike the U.S. since Allison ravaged Texas with heavy rains in June of 2001. No damage estimates have yet been made following Isidore’s passage, but Allison caused over $2 billion, mostly from flooding.