UPDATE: Isaac Prompts Hurricane Warnings, Emergencies from Louisiana to Florida
KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — The latest forecasts show Tropical Storm Isaac on a track toward the northern Gulf Coast.
The National Hurricane Center says Isaac could make landfall as a Category 2 hurricane somewhere between New Orleans and the Florida panhandle on Wednesday. Hurricane warnings stretch from east of Morgan City, La. — which includes the New Orleans area — to Destin, Fla.
The storm is expected to cross the Florida Keys tonight, where residents have shrugged off the storm's rain and winds. But it's expected to gain strength over the Gulf.
Louisiana and Mississippi have declared states of emergency. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is suggesting that people leave low-lying parts of coastal parishes.
Oil companies have been scrambling out of Isaac's path, withdrawing offshore workers and cutting oil and gas production in the Gulf of Mexico.