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Isaac nears hurricane status, takes aim at New Orleans
In this handout satellite image provided by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Isaac reached tropical storm status and is approaching the Lesser Antilles islands as it moves westward in the Atlantic Ocean.
In this handout satellite image provided by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Isaac reached tropical storm status and is approaching the Lesser Antilles islands as it moves westward in the Atlantic Ocean.
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ropical Storm Isaac may well become a full-blown hurricane on Tuesday. Overnight, the storm barreled over the Gulf of Mexico toward New Orleans, and clocked sustained winds of 70 mph. Meteorologists predict the storm will turn into a hurricane later in the day, and be at least a Category 1 hurricane by the time it hits the southeast coast of Louisiana on Wednesday. That would be seven years to the day since deadly Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans. This time, however, the storm is nowhere near as strong. Katrina at one point reached a Category 5 status with winds blowing roughly 160 mph.

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