Isaac’s wild child Gulf’s next tropical storm?

Posted: September 07, 2012

As Hurricane Leslie heads north toward Bermuda, a leftover portion of Hurricane Isaac has found its way back to the Gulf of Mexico, where it's threatening to become a new tropical storm.

Leslie could become a Category 2 storm before nearing Bermuda on Sunday. Its projected path should take it north toward Nova Scovia, sparing the U.S. East Coast, according to the National Hurricane Center.

After making landfall in Louisiana on Aug. 27, Isaac dumped rain as it moved up the Mississippi Valley and then "was ripped in half" as it curved eastward, according to meteorologist Jeff Masters of WeatherUnderground.com.

"One portion of the storm moved over the Northeast U.S., bringing heavy rains there" - including several days of rain in the Philadelphia area - "and another portion sank southwards over Alabama," he explained in his blog.

That southern portion has moved back into the Gulf of Mexico, where it has a 40 percent chance of becoming a new tropical storm, according to the NHC.

Because the surviving portion was not the primary remnant, such a storm would get a new name, Masters said. The next one is Nadine.

Michael, moving northward far out in the Atlantic, has become the seventh hurricane this season - the earliest seventh hurricane since 1893, say the NHC. It's also the year's first Category 3 hurricane.

The Isaac remnant is the only system that poses a threat to become a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours.


Contact staff writer Peter Mucha at 215-854-4342 or pmucha@phillynews.com.

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