Isaac Aims Haiti, Gulf Oil Rigs started with the Shutting Down

By Accidents

The tropical storm Isaac has strengthened on Friday as it took objective at flood-prone Haiti, but it isn't expected to become a great storm until it barrels into the Gulf of Mexico early this week.
On its current way, forecasters claimed the hurricane will hit Cuba and the southern tip of Florida before probably making landfall anywhere from the Florida Panhandle in the northwest of the state or Alabama to as far west as New Orleans.
Gulf of Mexico operators started shutting down offshore oil and gas rigs on Friday ahead of the hurricane London-based BP Plc, which is the biggest Gulf producer, told it will shut down its huge Thunder Horse platform, the largest in the world, and Royal Dutch Shell told it would evacuate support staff from its Gulf platforms.
Other offshore drillers are probably to stop production in coming few days as the storm approaches.
But while uncertainty hung over where the hurricane Isaac can make landfall, Isaac posed a clear and present risk to heavily deforested Haiti, where the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) told the full force of the storm has been expected to be felt on Friday night.
There are heavy dark clouds that swept over the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince early Friday afternoon, bringing the 1st rain from Isaac to the dusty, sun-baked streets of the crowded and chaotic capital.
Flash-flooding and mudslides that are common in Haiti, can add to the misery over 300,000 people still living in tent cities and camps after earthquake they experienced in January 2010 which killed over 250,000 people in the poorest country in the Americas.
The NHC also stated Isaac was centered about 135 miles (which is approximately 215 kilometers) south-southeast of Port-au-Prince early Friday afternoon, packing top permanent winds of 60 miles per hour (which is nearly 95 kilometers per hour).
The storm Isaac was moving northwest at 14 miles per hour (nearly 22 kph), and some additional strengthening was potential before Isaac’s storm center passed near or over Haiti on Friday night.
Isaac was expected to land among eight and twelve inches (20 to 30.5 cm) of rain over parts of Haiti, and the NHC informed total accumulations of up to twenty inches (51 cm) were expected in some regions.
“We’ve been through some big storms in the past year. Everybody must stay cool. Keep a cool head,” Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe told on Thursday.