Isaac packs hazards despite weakening winds

Associated Press
Residents who were rescued from their flooded homes are transported to waiting assistance, after Hurricane Isaac made landfall and flooded homes with 10 feet of water in Braithwaite, La., Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. Isaac was packing 80 mph winds, making it a Category 1 hurricane. It came ashore early Tuesday near the mouth of the Mississippi River, driving a wall of water nearly 11 feet high inland and soaking a neck of land that stretches into the Gulf.  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Isaac is spinning off life-threatening severe weather even as it weakens slowly on a northward trek over Louisiana.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Isaac's wind strength was slowly ebbing Thursday. But the storm was still generating hazards from inland flooding, storm surge and potential tornadoes across the central Gulf Coast.

The hurricane center said tropical storm-force winds over 39 mph were being felt up to 175 miles from Isaac's center, mainly to its east and south.

Isaac's center bypassed New Orleans and its newly fortified levees as a hurricane Wednesday but flooded areas to the city's north and south, where people had to be evacuated or rescued.

Isaac had top sustained winds of 45 mph early Thursday as its center moved over southern Louisiana.

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