CNN reported on Monday morning Isaac was centered about 360 miles southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River. It is forecast to become a hurricane "in a day or so," the National Hurricane Center said.
The governors of the three imperiled states each declared an emergency, with Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley ordering mandatory evacuations for residents who live along the coast and for those in some low-lying areas inland.
"I am urging everyone to take precautions now, monitor weather warnings, and be prepared for whatever Isaac may bring," Bentley said in a statement released Sunday.
Bobby Jindal, the governor of Louisiana, calls state of emergency in Louisiana in anticipation of Tropical Storm Isaac’s path moves west. He suggests that people leave low-lying parts of coastal parishes.
New Orleans and the surrounding areas have still not recovered totally from Hurricane Katrina and are being threatened by another hurricane.
Isaac is expected to be a strong Category 2 hurricane at landfall Wednesday. Grand Isle emergency teams report, and the the mayor ordered evacuation Sunday for campers and tourists and Monday for residents.
Orleans, St. Bernard, Plaquemines, Jefferson and St. Charles parishes all have declared a state of emergency, according to an AP report.
St. Charles Parish schools have been declared closed through Wednesday.
The official NOAA report:
The government of the Bahamas has discontinued the tropical storm
Warning for the northwestern Bahamas.
The government of Cuba has discontinued all watches and warnings.
The tropical storm watch from north of Sebastian inlet to Flagler
Beach is discontinued.
The hurricane warning is changed to a tropical storm warning for the
Florida keys including the dry Tortugas and Florida bay.
The hurricane warning for the west coast of Florida from Bonita
Beach southward to ocean reef is changed to a tropical storm
The hurricane watch is changed to a hurricane warning for the
Northern gulf of mexico coast from east of Morgan city Louisiana to
Destin Florida...including metropolitan New Orleans...lake
Pontchartrain...and lake manropes.
The tropical storm warning from Suwannee river to tarpon springs is
Summary of watches and warnings in effect...
A hurricane warning is in effect for...
* east of Morgan city Louisiana to Destin Florida...including
Metropolitan New Orleans...lake Pontchartrain...and lake Maurepas
Ironically, Issac is predicted to arrive on Wednesday, August 29, 2012, which marks the seventh anniversary of the Storm of the Century — Hurricane Katrina. Much has been written and said regarding the lingering effects of the disaster, plans for rebuilding the cities, the fairness of the disbursement of funding and resources. Changes in the shift in demographics since many who left could not return.