Storm Events Database

Event Details

Event Tropical Storm
State LOUISIANA
County/Area TENSAS
WFO JAN
Begin Date 08/29/2012 12:00:00 CST-6
End Date 08/30/2012 13:00:00 CST-6
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage 100.00K
Crop Damage 0.00K
Episode Narrative Tropical Depression Nine formed in the Atlantic, east of the Lesser Antilles, on the morning of August 21, 2012. Twelve hours later, Tropical Depression Nine had strengthened into Tropical Storm Isaac. Isaac continued to track through the eastern Caribbean Sea and Florida Straits while maintaining high end tropical storm strength. Just before noon central time on the 28th, Isaac was located about 75 miles south-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River(or about 160 miles southeast of New Orleans) and was found to have reached hurricane strength with winds of 75 mph. An outer rain band from Isaac brought some showers to portions of the ArkLaMiss during the afternoon of the 28th, while the center of Isaac was still churning in the Gulf of Mexico. At 6:45pm on August 28th, Hurricane Isaac made a brief landfall along the coast of Southeast Louisiana in Plaquemines Parish. Maximum sustained winds were 80mph at this landfall. Isaac did not remain over land for long as he was back over water again by 9:00pm that same evening. Isaac made his second landfall along the coast of southeast Louisiana, just to the west of Port Fourchon, around 2:15am August 29th, again with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph.

Isaac moved very slowly to the north and northwest over the course of August 29th, which made for prolonged impacts. Forward motion of about 5 mph lead to tremendous flooding issues for both Louisiana and portions of Mississippi south of I-20. Around noon on August 29th, Isaac was downgraded to a Tropical Storm, but this was not much relief to the many residents who were being inundated with rain and wind. Storm total rainfall across portions of Marion County indicated at least 10 to 15 inches fell. Numerous homes and buildings were flooded and some water rescues occurred in Lamar, Marion and Clarke counties. Further to the north, flooding issues were not quite as bad with about 5 to 7 inches of rain falling from the I-20 corridor and north. Tropical storm force wind gusts were noted as far north as Bolivar County, with the Golden Triangle region not seeing winds reach more than tropical depression strength. The worst of the wind was felt generally along and south of an axis from Marion County to Adams County. Numerous trees were down in Adams County, leaving many without power for several days. Eighty percent of the roads were blocked in Franklin County due to downed trees.

With all of the rain that fell, some of the area rivers filled quickly. Minor flooding was recorded on the lower Pearl River at Rockport and Monticello, as well as on Bouie Creek at Hattiesburg and Tallahala Creek at Laurel. The biggest river impact in the Jackson Hydrologic Service Area was on Black Creek at Brooklyn. Black Creek entered moderate flooding and finally crested at 26.71 feet on August 31st at 5pm. This will go down as the second highest crest in history for this particular river and forecast point. This river flooding caused damage to 15 homes both upstream and downstream of the river gage.

The winds and flooding were not all Isaac brought as a couple of tornadoes touched down in eastern Mississippi. Two tornadoes, one in Clarke County and one in Lauderdale County, occurred during the morning of August 30th. Both were rated EF-1 with winds around 100 mph. The tornado in Clarke County, near Crandall, resulted in 3 injuries to residents of a mobile home. One death attributed to Isaac occurred in Holmes County when a 64 year old woman was killed by a tree falling on her car. Isaac finally moved out of the region by the afternoon of the 30th, and was downgraded to a tropical depression by late afternoon on the 30th as it continued to track to the northwest into Missouri and the Ohio Valley.
Event Narrative Multiple trees and power lines were blown down across the parish between the afternoon of the 29th and mid day on the 30th.


All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 0 0 950.00K 0.00K
MADISON (ZONE) MADISON (ZONE) LA 08/29/2012 12:00 CST-6 Tropical Storm 0 0 150.00K 0.00K
TENSAS (ZONE) TENSAS (ZONE) LA 08/29/2012 12:00 CST-6 Tropical Storm 0 0 100.00K 0.00K
CATAHOULA (ZONE) CATAHOULA (ZONE) LA 08/29/2012 12:00 CST-6 Tropical Storm 0 0 100.00K 0.00K
CONCORDIA (ZONE) CONCORDIA (ZONE) LA 08/29/2012 12:00 CST-6 Tropical Storm 0 0 100.00K 0.00K
FRANKLIN (ZONE) FRANKLIN (ZONE) LA 08/29/2012 12:00 CST-6 Tropical Storm 0 0 100.00K 0.00K
WEST CARROLL (ZONE) WEST CARROLL (ZONE) LA 08/29/2012 12:00 CST-6 Tropical Storm 0 0 100.00K 0.00K
EAST CARROLL (ZONE) EAST CARROLL (ZONE) LA 08/29/2012 12:00 CST-6 Tropical Storm 0 0 100.00K 0.00K
RICHLAND (ZONE) RICHLAND (ZONE) LA 08/29/2012 12:00 CST-6 Tropical Storm 0 0 100.00K 0.00K
MOREHOUSE (ZONE) MOREHOUSE (ZONE) LA 08/29/2012 12:00 CST-6 Tropical Storm 0 0 100.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 0 950.00K 0.00K