The National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Isaac could strengthen into a hurricane as moves through the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The center predicts Isaac will be a category 1 hurricane by the time it reaches land.
The storm is expected to make landfall somewhere on a 300 mile stretch of coastline between Louisiana and Florida on Tuesday, just one day before the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Isaac is expected to bring 90 mph winds and has the potential to push up to 12 feet of floodwater into some areas of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. All three states have declared a state of emergency and evacuations have already begun.
As of Monday morning, Isaac was traveling west-northwest at 14 mph. The storm was located about about 310 miles southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River.
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