NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Hurricane Isaac is getting close the coast of southeast Louisiana and is already bringing storm surge flooding.
The U.S. National Hurricane center says the Category 1 hurricane is just 15 miles south-southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River and is moving northwest near 8 mph.
The hurricane's maximum sustained winds are near 80 mph.
The storm is expected to make landfall late Tuesday on the eve of the seventh anniversary of when Hurricane Katrina devastated the region.
While not as powerful as Katrina, Isaac threatens to flood the coasts of four states with storm surge and heavy rains on its way to New Orleans, where residents have been hunkering down behind levees fortified after Katrina struck.