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The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami upgraded Isaac to a Category 1 hurricane on Tuesday, citing surface wind speeds of 75 mph and flight-level winds at 110 mph. Edges of the storm already have hit the Florida coast as shown here:
At 160 miles southeast of New Orleans by midday August 28, Hurricane Isaac is tracking along the same trajectory as Katrina. As with Katrina, emergency services personnel predict the worst damage from the storm may come from flooding.
In a speech earlier today, President Barack Obama urged residents of the Gulf Coast states not to "tempt fate" if asked by officials to evacuate.
In Alabama, voluntary evacuation orders are in place for low-lying areas in Baldwin and Mobile Counties.
Mandatory evacuations have been ordered for parts of Mississippi, along with curfews beginning at 7 pm for some counties.
Evacuations were announced in several communities outside the levees in South Louisiana, as well as for all of St. Charles Parish, west of New Orleans.
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