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Forecasters: Isaac on verge of becoming hurricane

 Traffic is stacked up along Interstate 10 heading West away from New Orleans Monday, Aug. 27, 2012 and Tropical Storm Isaac, which is churning it's w...
 A worker shovels sand onto a line of Hesco baskets put in place in anticipation of Tropical Sorm Isaac, which is expected to make landfall on the Lou...
 Adrian Wasik anxiously has his sail boat pulled from the Long Beach Marina in Long Beach, Miss., Monday, Aug. 27, 2012. Officials at the almost 300 s...
 A line of traffic extends down Interstate 10 heading towards Baton Rouge, as many residents leave the New Orleans area in anticipation of tropical st...
 Dylan Lacoste, 14, fishes from the 17th Street Canal bridge Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, in New Orleans. Seven years ago this week Hurricane Katrina hit Ne...
 In a satellite image provided by the National Oceanic and Stmospheric Administration and Made  at 1145 a.m. EDT Monday Aug. 27, 2012,  tropical storm...
 Map shows projected path of Tropical Storm Isaac

Tropical Weather

Traffic is stacked up along Interstate 10 heading West away from New Orleans Monday, Aug. 27, 2012 and Tropical Storm Isaac, which is churning it's w...

Tropical Weather

A worker shovels sand onto a line of Hesco baskets put in place in anticipation of Tropical Sorm Isaac, which is expected to make landfall on the Lou...

Isaac Mississippi

Adrian Wasik anxiously has his sail boat pulled from the Long Beach Marina in Long Beach, Miss., Monday, Aug. 27, 2012. Officials at the almost 300 s...

Isaac Louisiana

A line of traffic extends down Interstate 10 heading towards Baton Rouge, as many residents leave the New Orleans area in anticipation of tropical st...

Isaac Louisiana

Dylan Lacoste, 14, fishes from the 17th Street Canal bridge Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, in New Orleans. Seven years ago this week Hurricane Katrina hit Ne...

Isaac

In a satellite image provided by the National Oceanic and Stmospheric Administration and Made at 1145 a.m. EDT Monday Aug. 27, 2012, tropical storm...

TROP STORM ISAAC

Map shows projected path of Tropical Storm Isaac

Isaac was on the verge of becoming a full-blown hurricane Tuesday as it rolled over the Gulf of Mexico toward Louisiana, where residents of the low-lying coast left boarded-up homes for inland shelter while people in New Orleans waited behind levees fortified after Katrina.
Forecasters predicted the tropical storm would power up to hurricane strength, which starts at winds of 74 mph (119 kph), later in the day and be at least a Category 1 hurricane by the time it's expected to reach the swampy coast of southeast Louisiana early Wednesday.
The focus has been on New Orleans as the massive and slow-moving storm takes dead aim at the city, but the impact will be felt well beyond the city limits. The storm's winds could be felt more than 200 miles (320 kilometers) from the storm's center.
Early Tuesday, Isaac was a large and potent tropical storm packing top sustained winds of 70 mph (113 kph). The storm system was centered about 125 miles (200 kilometers) southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River at 5 a.m. EDT (1000 GMT) and moving northwest at 12 mph (19 kph), according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.
Although Isaac's approach on the eve of the Katrina anniversary invited obvious comparisons, the storm is nowhere near as powerful as Katrina was when it struck on Aug. 29, 2005. Katrina at one point reached Category 5 status with winds of more than 157 mph (252 kph), and made landfall as a Category 3 storm.
Simon and Crystal Naquin decided to bring their teenage sons to a shelter in New Orleans because they were afraid the camper they call home might flood, situated as it is between a navigation canal and lower Bayou Caillou.
Simon Naquin said he rode out hurricanes when he was younger, but doesn't do that anymore since seeing the damage wrought by hurricanes Andrew, Katrina and Rita.
"Now that I got kids, I've seen too much to say, `Stay,'" said Naquin, who shared a twin air mattress with his wife while their sons read and snacked on jambalaya amid a pile of blankets and next to a stash of water bottles and food.
Not far from the shelter, where the atmosphere was subdued, the lights were low and the music loud at Sue Sue's on the Bayou Sports Bar, owned by the husband-and-wife team of Sonny Diehl, 63, and Sue Diehl, 62.
The couple moved to Houma after they rode out Katrina at a New Orleans hotel.
"I think we take it more seriously down here," Sue Diehl said. "And everybody prepares. They get together, they help each other. It's a great community."
"Everybody helps everybody," Sonny said. "Not so much in New Orleans."
In the Big Easy on Monday, Mayor Mitch Landrieu did not activate a mandatory evacuation. Instead, officials urged residents to hunker down and make do with the supplies they had.
Federal officials said the updated levees around New Orleans are equipped to handle storms stronger than Isaac.
But with landfall expected Wednesday, Katrina's seventh anniversary, anxiety was high, especially in the Lower 9th Ward, wiped out by Katrina after floodwalls burst and let the waters rush in.
"I don't really trust the levees," said Robert Washington, who planned to evacuate along with his wife and five children. "I don't want to take that chance. I saw how it looked after Katrina back here."
He leaned over the banister of his porch railing and looked out onto empty lots where houses stood before Katrina. His neighborhood, just a few blocks away from where the floodwall protecting the Lower 9th Ward broke open, remains largely empty.
The storm left 24 dead in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, but left little damage in the Florida Keys as it blew past. It promised a soaking but little more for Tampa, where the planned Monday start of the Republican National Convention was pushed back because of the storm.
Only a fraction of an expected 5,000 demonstrators turned out in Tampa to protest Republican economic and social policies outside the convention. Organizers blamed Isaac and a massive police presence for their weak showing.
The storm had lingering effects for much of Florida, including heavy rains and isolated flooding in Miami and points north. Gov. Rick Scott said that as of Monday evening, about 80,000 customers were without power in Florida as a result of the storm.
Scott, a Republican, was returning from the convention in Tampa to Tallahassee to monitor Isaac. Fellow Gulf Coast Republican Govs. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Robert Bentley of Alabama said they would not attend the convention at all. Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant delayed his travel through Wednesday, leaving open the possibility he could attend the final day of the event.
States of emergency were in effect in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.
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Burdeau reported from New Orleans.


Updated : 2020-12-05 02:15 GMT+08:00