CHAUVIN, La. (AP) - Isaac is packing top sustained winds of 70 mph as it heads toward New Orleans. The National Hurricane Center in Miami says it was moving northwest at 7 mph early Tuesday.
Isaac's approach on the eve of the Katrina anniversary invites comparisons. But Isaac is nowhere near as powerful as Katrina was when it struck. At one point, Katrina reached Category 5 status with winds of more than 157 mph and made landfall as a Category 3 storm.
Still, forecasters warn that Isaac could cause storm surges of up to 12 feet along the coasts of southeast Louisiana and Mississippi and up to 6 feet as far away as the Florida Panhandle.
Rain could total up to 14 inches, with isolated areas getting up to 20 inches.
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8/28/2012 9:23:58 AM (GMT -5:00)