Hurricane Update – Isidore, Lili and Kyle

September 26, 2002

Tropical storm Isidore came ashore in southern Louisiana around 1:00 a.m. this morning, hitting the New Orleans area with heavy rains and high winds, but so far causing only relatively minor damage.

One small tornado was reported, and the National Hurricane Center indicated that the storm, with winds in the 65 mph range and heavy rainfall, would continue on a northward track for the next 12 to 24 hours.

The NHC reported that 10 to 12 inches of rain had fallen in the New Orleans area and said the storm “will continue spreading over the Southeastern U.S.” It also predicted that Isidore would move northward into Tennessee and Ohio, and could cause “life-threatening floods.”

The NHC is also tracking Tropical Storm Lili, which caused property damage and flooding when it hit the Barbados Tuesday night. The storm has apparently weakened, and at present poses no danger to the U.S. mainland. Another storm, Kyle, currently some 200 miles south of Bermuda, has been upgraded to hurricane strength, with winds of over 75 mph.

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