Tropical Storm Isaac may drop as much as 10 inches (25 centimeters) of rain on Florida as it moves into the Gulf of Mexico on a course that is expected to take the system through oil and gas fields and then onto land near the Louisiana-Mississippi line.
Tropical Storm Isaac’s threat to offshore energy production in the Gulf of Mexico eased as the weather system weakened while still dumping rain and producing storm surges over Louisiana. Forecasters expect it to become a tropical depression later today.
Tropical Storm Isaac moved into the Caribbean Sea and may become a hurricane as early as today as it travels west on a path watched by commodity markets and those preparing for the Republican National Convention.
Tropical Storm Isaac was set to make landfall in Haiti overnight, slamming into the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere before heading toward Cuba and the Florida Keys. Some energy output in the Gulf of Mexico was shut.
Residents and businesses along the Gulf of Mexico face a weekend of watching and planning as the season’s first tropical depression formed off the Yucatan Peninsula and threatens to become a tropical storm.