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Isaac downgraded to a tropical depression

Tropical Storm Isaac was downgraded to a tropical depression Thursday afternoon as it approaches Arkansas
Tropical Storm Isaac is now a tropical depression this evening. The National Hurricane Center released an advisory saying Isaac only carries winds of 35 MPH, below the 39 MPH minimum for a tropical storm. The center of Isaac will move into Arkansas later this evening and is expected to track north-northwest overnight.


NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Isaac has weakened to a tropical depression after drenching southeast Louisiana and causing flooding.

Isaac's maximum sustained winds decreased to near 35 mph Thursday and was expected to gradually weaken.

Thursday afternoon, Isaac's center was about 35 miles west-northwest of Monroe, La., and is moving north-northwest near 12 mph.

Isaac made landfall Tuesday evening in southeast Louisiana as a Category 1 hurricane. Since then, the storm has caused flooding in areas across and Louisiana and Mississippi.

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