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(NEW ORLEANS) — After making a second landfall in southeastern Louisiana, the center of Hurricane Isaac has moved back out to sea and stalled off the coast of Port Fourchon, La., according to the National Hurricane Center.

As of 3 a.m. ET Wednesday, Isaac has put on the brakes and the center of the hurricane will sit in the Gulf of Mexico for the next 18 hours, according to forecasters.  Even though the eye of the storm is 75 miles southeast of New Orleans, the city has already been hit with four inches of rain on the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

Entergy New Orleans listed more than 300,000 homes and businesses without power as of 2 a.m. Wednesday, according to their website.

Hurricane Isaac is expected to gradually weaken and move inland, dumping seven to 14 inches of rain across Louisiana, with some places receiving up to 20 inches, according to forecasters.

The greatest concern is an expected storm surge of between six and 12 feet off the Louisiana and Mississippi coasts, four to eight feet along the Alabama coast and three to six feet on the Florida Panhandle, according to the Hurricane Center located in Miami.

A storm surge of 11 feet was reported at Shell Beach, La., late Tuesday while a surge of 6.7 feet was reported in Waveland, Miss., according to the Hurricane Center.

Thursday night into Saturday, Isaac will move into the Mississippi Valley and eventually into Illinois and Indiana, bringing possibly six inches of rain to the drought stricken Midwest.

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