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Will Isaac dampen your long weekend plans?

Staff writers
August 30, 2012 — Remnants from Isaac could reach southern Ontario by the end of the Labour Day weekend. Most residents we caught up with however, say they're still optimistic for the last long weekend of the summer.

Isaac track
Isaac track

Isaac made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane in southeastern Louisiana on Tuesday night. The slow moving storm has been bringing torrential rains and powerful winds to the Gulf Coast, stirring up memories of Hurricane Katrina, which made landfall in New Orleans on August 29, 2005.

Isaac continues to lose its steam as it trudges north, leaving many Canadians wondering if the remnants from the storm will impact their Labour Day plans.

"It's coming into a clearer focus now that it's not going to be much of an issue for southern Ontario," says Storm Hunter and meteorologist Mark Robinson. "A high pressure system that's building in should keep the storm mostly south of the border. If anything, the remnants of the storm could merge with another low from the north, giving us that little extra shot of moisture in southwestern Ontario."

Robinson adds that those heading home from the cottage on Monday could see some light rain for their drive. Between 10-20 mm of rain is possible for parts of southern Ontario through Tuesday.

"Most of that rain however, would probably come from the northern system and not Isaac," says Robinson, "so it's definitely not enough to cancel your long weekend plans."

Southern Ontario has seen far greater impacts from tropical systems in the past.

"This isn't as uncommon as people may think. The Great Lakes area has been hit by the remains of several infamous storms - Katrina, Isabel, Hazel, and Ike are some of the most well known. They brought huge amounts of rain, high winds, and big waves out on the Lakes." explains Robinson.

For a closer look at the weather in your area this long weekend, be sure to check the Labour Day forecast.

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