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Isaac plows into Gulf; clear skies in northeast

Nearly 7 years after disastrous Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the United States Gulf Coast, Hurricane Isaac will inundate Louisiana and surrounding shorelines tonight and into Wednesday. Nearly 10”+ rainfall totals are expected across eastern Louisiana and southern Mississippi as Isaac turns northward and weakens over the Midwest through late week. Wind gusts may reach 100 mph close to the storm’s center, especially near the time of landfall over southeast Louisiana.

Looking closer to our region, the northeast states will have clearing skies as a weakening trough pushes into the Atlantic. The trough could allow a few storms to develop this morning. A broad high pressure will slowly build into New England this week, bringing not only sunshine but also increasing warmth. Highs will approach the upper 80s°F (29-32°C) by the weekend.