By Cain Burdeau and Michael Kunzelman/The Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS — 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.
Utility companies say they are working to restore power to more than 63,000 customers in south and central Mississippi.
Mississippi records first death from Isaac
PICAYUNE, Miss. (AP) — A tow truck driver was killed Thursday morning in Picayune when a tree fell on his truck, the first fatality in Mississippi from Tropical Storm Isaac
Pearl River County Emergency Management Director Danny Manley says the tree fell on the cab of the truck on Goodyear Boulevard in the Pearl River County city just after midnight, crushing the cab. The area was receiving heavy rain and strong winds at the time from the storm.
Authorities are not releasing the man’s name.
Tornado Watch for parts of Northeast Mississippi
Tornado watch in effect until 4 p.m. CDT for the following locations: