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Isaac becomes Category 1 hurricane as it approaches Louisiana
 
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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Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center say Isaac has strengthened to a Category 1 hurricane with 75 mph winds as it approaches Louisiana. Isaac is expected to make landfall over the southeastern portion of the state late Tuesday or early Wednesday. The massive storm could reach 200 miles out from its center, pushing "walls of water while dumping rain to flood the low-lying coast in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle." Isaac's landfall will likely coincide with the seven-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated Louisiana on Aug. 29, 2005.

 

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