UPDATE: Hurricane Isaac has knocked out power to 773,000 people are without power. The hurricane rainfall has resulted in significant over topping over in Plaquemines Parish in Louisiana.
This over-topping could lead to deep flooding if the storm continues to hover over local engineers say. Billy Nungesser the President of Plaquemines Parish said not only did they get the worst case scenario but the worst case scenario just got worse.
UPDATE: Hurricane Isaac made landfall over the Gulf Coast states Tuesday night bringing with it sustained winds of 80 mph and torrential rain. A 106 mph wind reading from high up on an oil rig off the southeast Louisiana coast and 85 mph in Grand Isle, Louisiana.
UPDATE: Hurricane Isaac is expected to make landfall on Tuesday evening with winds around 85mph. The storm is expected to be a Category 1 Hurricane. Isaac is expected to drop up to 20 inches of rain, and test the rebuilt levies.
UPDATE: Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, and Louisiana have been declared a state of emergency as the storm approaches.
Tens of thousands of Louisiana residents have been told to evacuate after Gov. Bobby Jindal suggested they do so. The fear is that the storm could dump as much water, and reek as much havoc as Katrina did 7 years prior.
Hurricane Isaac is expected to make landfall as a Category 2, exactly 7 years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast. Currently the storm is over the Florida Keys with winds recorded to be as strong as 80 mph.
A Category 2 Hurricane brings with it winds that range between 96-110 mph. Hurricane Katrina was a Category 3 when it made landfall destroying over 80 percent of New Orleans when the levies on Lake Pontchartrain failed.
Tropical Storm Isaac appears to be on track to make landfall somewhere near the Louisiana, Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Isaac is currently churning over south Florida and is expected to gain strength as it spins over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
The entire Gulf Coast from New Orleans, LA to Panama City, FL should be aware of the latest forecast model guidance.
The storm is expected to be between a Category 2 to 3 Hurricane by the time it arrives at the Gulf Coast states on the morning of Wednesday, August 29th.
The storms track is eerily similar to path that Hurricane Katrina followed on August 29th, 2005.
Because of the Offshore drilling in the Gulf American gas prices could be affected similarly to the way that Katrina affected the market in 2005.