Isaac nearly a hurricane, packs coast flood threat

By he Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) — Forecasters say Isaac has strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane with 75 mph winds as it makes its way toward Louisiana.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Tuesday that Isaac gained strength as it moved over the warm, open waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Isaac is expected to make landfall over southeastern Louisiana, possibly the New Orleans area, either late Tuesday or early Wednesday.



TIDE PREDICTIONS
Here are the tide predictions from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Ocean Service for principal points along the Gulf of Mexico for Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012.

Galveston — 12:08 a.m. 1.72 L; 5:59 a.m. 2.01 H; 1:07 p.m. 0.57 L; 9:45 p.m. 2.0 H

Vermilion Bay — 12:40 a.m. 1.37 L; 6:06 a.m. 1.6 H; 1:39 p.m. 0.46 L; 9:52 p.m. 1.6 H

Atchafalaya Bay (Eugene Island) — 6:13 a.m. 1.97 H; 12:09 p.m. 0.56 L; 9:59 p.m. 1.96 H; 11:31 p.m. 1.87 L

Grand Isle (Barataria Pass) — 2:43 a.m. 1.13 H; 1:13 p.m. 0.47 L

Mississippi River (Southwest Pass) — 12:24 a.m. 1.46 H; 10:44 a.m. 0.57 L

Biloxi Bay — 1:53 a.m. 1.88 H; 12:27 p.m. 0.73 L

Wine Island — 2:19 a.m. 1.47 H; 1:29 p.m. 0.62 L