Tropical Storm Isaac has now been upgraded to a Catgeory 1 Hurricane, according to
It means the storm has been measured to have sustained winds of at least 75 mph.
The storm is baring down on the Gulf states Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama and is expected to make landfall Tuesday night.
The Post reports, Isaac marks the first hurricane to hit New Orleans since Ike in 2008.
the National Hurricane Center released a bulletin on Hurricane Isaac’s path:
…RECONNAISSANCE DATA INDICATE ISAAC FINALLY ACHIEVES HURRICANE STATUS…REPORTS FROM AN AIR FORCE RESERVE HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT INDICATE THAT MAXIMUM WINDS ASSOCIATED WITH ISAAC HAVE INCREASED TO 75 MPH…120 KM/H. ON THIS BASIS…ISAAC IS BEING UPGRADED TO A HURRICANE.
US President Barack Obama addressed the residents of the Gulf Coast, asking them to heed local officials warnings and evacuate if the need arises.
The storm is expected to cause 12-15 foot waves along the coast on the eve of the 7th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
Hurricane Isaac, which swept over Haiti and the Dominican Republic, currently has a death toll of 29.