Isaac hits hurricane strength as it nears New Orleans
A powerful storm bearing down on the Gulf Coast and New Orleans is now a hurricane, US forecasters say. Hurricane Isaac boasting winds of at least 75mph (120km/h), is likely to make landfall by Tuesday night.
The storm is expected to hit New Orleans seven years after the much stronger Hurricane Katrina.
US President Barack Obama has warned residents in the path of the storm they should not “tempt fate” and should heed evacuation warnings.
In an update, the the storm was 135 miles (220km) south-east of New Orleans, moving north-west at 10mph (17km/h).
Mr Obama has declared an emergency in Louisiana, allowing federal funds to be released to local authorities.
“As we prepare for Isaac to hit, I want to encourage all residents of the Gulf Coast to listen to your local officials and follow their directions – including if they tell you to evacuate,” Mr Obama said on Tuesday.
Speaking from the White House, he added: “Now is not the time to tempt fate. Now is not the time to dismiss official warnings. You need to take this seriously.”
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