Isaac Declared a Hurricane

    BELLE CHASSE, LA - AUGUST 27:  Aimo Ny rests on her cot in the hurricane shelter at the Belle Chasse Auditorium on August 27, 2012 in Belle Chasse, Louisiana. Tropical Storm Isaac is expected to strengthen into at least a Category 1 hurricane before making landfall near New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

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    Tropical Storm Isaac has been declared a full-fledged hurricane. While traveling through the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, Isaac became a Category 1 storm with sustained winds of 75 mph. The hurricane is still expected to strike land along the Gulf Coast, a frightening prospect for residents of Louisiana and neighboring states who remember Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Isaac is currently on a path towards New Orleans and it could become the first hurricane to strike the area since 2008. The storm has slowed to 10 mph and is expected to dump 7 to 14 inches of rain when it makes landfall.

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