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Isaac Nears Hurricane Strength; Obama to Issue Statement

August 28, 2012

Storm watchers continue to monitor Tropical Storm Issac, which currently remains below hurricane strength, but is still bearing down on the Gulf Coast. We'll continue to update this post all day long with updates on the storm and the preparations being made all along the Gulf Coast.

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8:37 a.m.: The White House has announced that President Obama will give an update on the storm at 10:00 a.m. Eastern.

8:00 a.m. ET: The latest advisory was issued at 7:00 a.m. Central Time by the National Hurricane Center and puts the storm about 105 miles south of the mouth of the Mississippi River. The maximum sustained wins are 70 miles per hour. (A Category 1 hurricane is 75 m.p.h.)

Hurricane warnings are in effect from Morgan City, Louisiana in the west to the Alabama-Florida border in the east. All flights in and out of New Orleans have been canceled and Amtrak service has been suspended in the area.

The Weather Channel reports the storm has slowed down slightly, but is still expected to reach land sometime on Tuesday evening. Storm surges are already starting to be seen along coast of Louisiana and Mississippi and are expected to peak at 6-12 feet near the mouth of the Mississippi. The map above shows predicted levels of rainfall over the next couple of days. One silver lining is the hope that once it moves inland, it could bring some relief to drought stricken areas of the Midwest and South.

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