Gov. Bobby Jindal stressed Monday that Louisiana residents shouldn’t relax just because Tropical Storm Isaac isn’t the Category 2 hurricane that was at first predicted.
Jindal said 20 parishes remain under a hurricane warning and that the National Weather Service said Isaac has a slow forward speed, meaning the coast could see long periods of heavy wind.
“The slow moving nature of this storm means that there are many parts of our state that could be inundated with tropical storm or heavier winds or heavier rainfall for several, several hours at a time,” Jindal said. “The slow speed could actually cause more damage as those forces accumulate.”
Jindal also cautioned anyone from drawing conclusions from familiar paths and dates of past storms.
“It’s tempting to compare this to Gustav and Ike in terms of power outages or potential for wind damage,” Jinda said. “There’s the potential to want to compare the track to previous storms, whether it is Katrina or other storms. The reality is every storm is different.”