Isaac's path still uncertain; still projected to landfall near New Orleans
BATON ROUGE – Not much about Tropical Storm Isaac has been certain, but the consensus appears to be that Louisiana will have to prepare for its first hurricane in nearly four years.
Isaac, located at 25.7N, 84.7W, as of the 7 a.m. CDT advisory. The story system was moving west, northwest at 14 mph. Isaac had maximum sustained winds of 64 mph and gusts of 75 mph.
With Isaac projected to make landfall near the mouth of the Mississippi between Lafourche and Plaquemines parishes, and hurricane warnings in effect for Morgan City through Destin, Fla. and hurricane watches in effect from Intracoastal City to Morgan City, the entire state of Louisiana has its eyes to the Gulf and on Isaac.
Isaac is projected to strengthen to a Category 1 hurricane by early Tuesday morning and make landfall as a moderate to strong Category 1.
Voluntary evacuations have been issued for the state's low-lying 15 parishes in the storm's path. The state has also activated the storm information hotline of 2-1-1.
Locally, all residents can do is prepare for the worst and hope for the best while keeping an eye for any more of a westwardly turn by Isaac, which forecasters have said is possible.
Forecasters have had a hard time projecting Isaac's track as it has proven to be a very unpredictable storm system.
Acadia Parish is under a tropical storm watch, meaning precautionary and preparedness actions should be made as soon as possible before conditions deteriorate.