Monday, September 3, 2012

Storm Isaac moves east while impact lingers in Louisiana

(Reuters) - As the remnants of Hurricane Isaac moved east on Sunday, bringing with it a wet Labor Day holiday weekend, the storm's impact was still being felt in Louisiana, where more than a hundred thousand people were still without power.

Entergy, Louisiana's largest power provider, said about 160,000 of the Louisiana homes and businesses it serves remained without electricity, leaving them without air conditioning under sweltering temperatures.

The storm, which was downgraded from hurricane strength last week, is headed along the drought-stricken Ohio Valley, which is due to see heavy rains on Monday, the Labor Day holiday.

From the spine of the Appalachian Mountains on west, downpours and thunderstorms could disrupt outdoor holiday activities, especially Monday afternoon and early evening, said Carl Erickson, a meteorologist with AccuWeather.com.

"People might be able to sneak some plans in there, but they're going to have to watch the sky," Erickson said.

Storms are likely to continue in the northeast through the early part of the week. Read More