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Hurricane Isaac churning to US Gulf coast

Published: Tuesday August 28, 2012 | 1:38 pm Comments 0
High tide and rising waves forced the closing of Buccanneer State Park and Beach Boulevard in Waveland, Mississippi, as Isaac\'s winds and rain hit the Mississippi Gulf Coast. AP Photo
High tide and rising waves forced the closing of Buccanneer State Park and Beach Boulevard in Waveland, Mississippi, as Isaac's winds and rain hit the Mississippi Gulf Coast. AP Photo
A National Guard patrol polices the Silver Slip Casino in Waveland, Mississippi  s Isaac\'s high tides and rising waves force the closing of the Gulf Coast\'s gaming facilities along the Mississippi Gulf Coast - AP Photo
A National Guard patrol polices the Silver Slip Casino in Waveland, Mississippi s Isaac's high tides and rising waves force the closing of the Gulf Coast's gaming facilities along the Mississippi Gulf Coast - AP Photo
From left, Colleen Wilson, Chris Fathered and Hailey Bouman tour the lakefront where new pumps that were built after Hurricane Katrina are expected to pump out water from oncoming Isaac in New Orleans. - AP Photo
From left, Colleen Wilson, Chris Fathered and Hailey Bouman tour the lakefront where new pumps that were built after Hurricane Katrina are expected to pump out water from oncoming Isaac in New Orleans. - AP Photo

Tropical Storm Isaac has now been upgraded to a category one hurricane and US President Barack Obama is warning residents in the path to heed evacuation warnings.

Obama has declared an emergency in Louisiana, allowing federal funds to be released to local authorities.

The storm is predicted to make landfall by tonight.

Isaac is expected to hit New Orleans seven years after the much stronger Hurricane Katrina struck.

Obama has urged all residents of the Gulf Coast to listen to local officials and follow their directions.

Meanwhile, the National Hurricane Centre says Isaac is also threatening heavy rainfall of as much as 20 inches in isolated spots, and could spark possible tornadoes along the northern Gulf Coast.

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