Isaac Forces Evacuations

    A car goes through a flooded street due to heavy rains in Key West, Fla., Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012 as heavy winds and rain hit the northern coast. Rain bands from Tropical Storm Isaac are expected to continue streaming across Marion County Monday as the ninth named storm of the 2012 hurricane season continues toward the northern Gulf of Mexico. National Weather Service officials in Jacksonville on Sunday said Marion County began getting rain bands from Isaac around 2 p.m. and that the rain would continue through Tuesday. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

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    Governors in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama declared a state of emergency Monday as Tropical Storm Isaac approached the Gulf Coast states. Storm watchers noted that the weather system was on a path similar to that followed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. “I am urging everyone to take precautions now, monitor weather warnings, and be prepared for whatever Isaac may bring,” Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley said in a statement as thousands of residents along the coast in each of the three states prepared to pack up and head out of the storm’s path. CNN's Anderson Cooper and Soledad O'Brien headed to New Orleans on Monday, a sign of the effect the storm may have on coverage for the Republican convention.

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