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Hurricane Isaac 2012 Path: Storm Threatens Gulf Coast (MAP)

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Hurricane Isaac is heading towards New Orleans, an area that still echoes the pains of Hurricane Katrina, seven years later. Isaac was officially changed from a tropical storm to a hurricane early Tuesday afternoon.

Hurricane Isaac is expected to make landfall late Tuesday or early Wednesday on Louisiana's Gulf Coast, Yahoo! News reported after the National Hurricane Center released a bulletin on Hurricane Isaac's path:

...RECONNAISSANCE DATA INDICATE ISAAC FINALLY ACHIEVES HURRICANE STATUS...REPORTS FROM AN AIR FORCE RESERVE HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT INDICATE THAT MAXIMUM WINDS ASSOCIATED WITH ISAAC HAVE INCREASED TO 75 MPH...120 KM/H. ON THIS BASIS...ISAAC IS BEING UPGRADED TO A HURRICANE.

Hurricane Isaac 2012 path. Story continues below.

Tracking of Hurricane Isaac's path shows it is becoming more powerful, with winds up to 75 mph. The eye of the hurricane was about 75 miles from the mouth of Mississippi River at midday on Tuesday, the Associated Press reported. It is expected to remain a Category 1 storm and winds could swirl up to 95 mph.

AP did note that Hurricane Isaac's path could still shift, veering further west or east into Mississippi.

Isaac marks the first hurricane to hit New Orleans since Ike in 2008. However, little compares to the devastation of 2005's Hurricane Katrina, which was one of the five deadliest hurricanes in U.S. history, claiming the lives of at least 1,800 people. Isaac's path is expected to take the storm through the seventh anniversary of Katrina, which hit the city on Aug. 29.

New Orleans has learned from Katrina. Today, citizens take warnings more seriously, cities are better equipped with evacuation and rescue plans, and there is confidence in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' $14 billion revamp of the 350 miles of levees and floodwalls, reported the Detroit Free Press.

Evacuations have already been issued in low-lying areas in the path of Hurricane Isaac, including Harrison County, Miss., CNN reported. Residents in Louisiana's St. Charles Parish and Terrebonne Parish were asked to leave, as well as in coastal areas of Alabama.

Hurricane Isaac, which swept over Haiti and the Dominican Republic, currently has a death toll of 29.

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According to BBC News, the U.S. Geological Survey found that "The storm surge ahead of Hurricane Isaac made the Mississippi River run backwards for 24 hours."

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National Hurricane Center issued the following advisory at 4 p.m. CDT:

...TROPICAL DEPRESSION ISAAC BRINGING HEAVY RAINFALL AND THE THREAT OF FLASH FLOODING TO THE MIDDLE MISSISSIPPI RIVER VALLEY...

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@ The_Gambit : The city just announced a water boil advisory for Venetian Isles, in effect until further notice.

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@ jimwxgator : More MAJOR flooding from Isaac today in Pine Bluff, AR. via @KATV_Weather: http://t.co/9SWtF75p

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@ NOLAnews : Isaac's floodwaters should start to recede in St. Tammany Parish http://t.co/IvG0v4UY

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@ NOLAnews : Isaac evacuees database available for St. John Parish families http://t.co/BegMKyc4

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@ chadmyerscnn : #Isaac is now a trop. depression. Winds to 35mph. Lingering storms coming in from the Gulf may have higher gusts or tornadoes.

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@ wunderground : Over 1 million people without power in LA/MS due to #Isaac.

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@ AP : BREAKING: Crews begin breaching levee stressed by Isaac flooding in La.'s hard-hit Plaquemines Parish: http://t.co/Z53F2Omf

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@ NOLAnews : Controlled release of water from Tangipahoa Lake in Miss. begins http://t.co/Cxrzf6h7

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Curfew has been lifted in New Orleans.

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@ twc_hurricane : Tornado warning: southeast Kemper, northeast Lauderdale counties in eastern MS until 2:30pm. Details: http://t.co/yaxQlZkQ #Isaac

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@ NOLAnews : Plaquemines sheriff swept away, saved in dramatic Hurricane #Isaac rescue - http://t.co/7dzVpP51

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@ twc_hurricane : Flash flood warning: St Charles & St John The Baptist parishes in Louisiana until 4:15pm CDT. Details: http://t.co/4wheT4cj

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@ NOLAnews : Miss. officials to breach Isaac-damaged dam on Tangipahoa River - http://t.co/uG8ir7xK

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@ twc_hurricane : Tropical Storm Isaac: 1 PM CT, 40 mph winds, 992 mb, moving NNW at 9 mph. http://t.co/yJDeDChu

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@ Jmoon901 : RT @NOLAnews: LSU officials decide to reopen Baton Rouge campus for classes on Friday http://t.co/OR01ZGlv

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From Tangipahoa.org:

MISSISSIPPI EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT HAS NOTIFIED GOHSEP AND TANGIPAHOA PARISH GOVERNMENT THAT THE DAM AT LAKE TANGIPAHOA AT PERCY QUINN STATE PARK IS DAMAGED BUT HAS NOT FAILED. OUT OF CAUTION, TANGIPAHOA PARISH PRESIDENT GORDON BURGESS CONTINUES TO CALL FOR A MANDATORY EVACUATION OF ALL AREAS ALONG THE TANGIPAHOA RIVER.

Shelter locations are as follows: Hammond West Side Elementary Montessori School, Hammond Junior High Magnet School, Natalbany Elementary School, Nesom Middle School, Amite High School, and Kentwood High Magnet School.

GOVERNOR BOBBY JINDAL AND PARISH PRESIDENT GORDON BURGESS HAVE CALLED A 2PM PRESS CONFERENCE TO BE HELD AT THE TANGIPAHOA PARISH COUNCIL CHAMBERS AT 206 EAST MULBERRY ST IN AMTE, LOUISIANA.

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From Tangipahoa.org:

MISSISSIPPI EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT HAS NOTIFIED GOHSEP AND TANGIPAHOA PARISH GOVERNMENT THAT THE DAM AT LAKE TANGIPAHOA AT PERCY QUINN STATE PARK IS FAILING. TANGIPAHOA PARISH PRESIDENT GORDON BURGESS IS CALLING FOR A MANDATORY EVACUATION OF ALL AREAS ALONG THE TANGIPAHOA RIVER.

Shelter locations are as follows: Hammond West Side Elementary Montessori School, Hammond Junior High Magnet School, Natalbany Elementary School, Nesom Middle School, Amite High School, and Kentwood High Magnet School.

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@ MikePerlstein : Landrieu: NOLA has largest police presence on the street since Katrina: 2,900 cops, troopers and Nat'l Guard troops.

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@ twc_hurricane : Tornado warning: northeastern Choctaw County in southwest Alabama until 12:45pm CDT. Details: http://t.co/rgwzMMXX #Isaac

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@ twc_hurricane : Flash flood warning: Mobile and Washington counties in AL until 5:45pm CDT. This includes the city of Mobile. #Isaac

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"But levees alone won't protect our people."

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@ The_Gambit : Jindal: Tangipahoa levee has not been breached, despite earlier reports. If breached, 90 minutes to flooding in Kentwood, La.

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Jindal: "Every storm is different. Just because your house didn't flood last time doesn't mean it won't flood this time."

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Jindal: Up to 60,000 in evacuation zone

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@ WAFB : Here is a pic of the dam in Pike County, MS. http://t.co/BNO8mQHB http://t.co/FEZaDAMl

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