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|Weakened Isaac passing through|
Last Update - Thursday,1:23 p.m.
As of the 1 PM advisory, Tropical Storm Isaac was centered about 25 miles northwest of Winnsboro, moving at 9 mph. Pressure is up to 992mb. Winds are sustained around 40 mph.
Isaac has caused widespread power outages throughout north Louisiana by bringing down trees on power lines and homes. Flooding hasn't been a huge problem but from time to time we could still see some ponding on the roadways with some of the heavier showers.
Impacts: Isaac has weakened substantially today and is just hanging on to tropical storm status. Winds are mainly between 25-30 mph with a few gusts to around 35 mph in the last few hours. Rain will continue off and on throughout the night but hopefully we should begin to see improving conditions by Friday afternoon.
The next advisory is out at 4 PM.
The latest reports from the National Weather Service say 10 to16 inches of rain could fall in Franklin Parish over the next two days.
Parish residents will begin to see the outer bands of the weather associated with Tropical Storm Isaac arrive sometime Wednesday night, lasting possibly into Friday evening.
Along with the massive amounts of predicted rain, the NWS says to expect 24 hours of sustained 35 to 40 mph winds, with gust from 45 to 50.
Parish officials reiterate that residents should be prepared for widespread power outages for an extended period of time, as the slow moving nature of the storm will likely not allow safe conditions for workers to restore power in a swift nature.
Residents of the Richwood community in Gilbert and the West Villa Apartments in Winnsboro are being asked to find other locations they could stay throughout the storm, as those areas are known to flood after taking four inches of rainfall. Although law enforcement officials have went door to door to inform residents earlier today, family and friends are encouraged to contact their loved one and assure they have made other arrangements to ride out the storm. Officials stress this is only a voluntary evacuation.
Once the damages and power outages in the parish occur and are assessed, faith-based shelters will be opened for Franklin Parish residents. The Franklin Parish Sheriff's Office (435-4505), Homeland Security office (435-6247) and Police Jury (435-9429) will all be able to provide shelter locations and info if that occurs.
Members of the community with any medical concerns or special needs are directed to Dial 211, which is the community phone line for patients with special medical needs, such as dialysis. Dialysis patients can also call Fresenius (800) 626-1297 or Davita (800) 400-8331 for assistance.
Updates will come as more infomation is made available.