Storm aims at US Gulf Coast

TROPICAL Storm Isaac is rolling over the open Gulf of Mexico, where it is expected to grow into a hurricane before hitting land somewhere between Louisiana and Florida close to the seventh anniversary of the devastating Hurricane Katrina.

The storm that left 24 dead in Haiti and the Dominican Republic over the weekend promised a drenching but little more for Tampa, where the Republican National Convention had pushed back its start to Tuesday in case Isaac passed closer to the gulfside city.

The National Hurricane Center predicted Isaac would grow to a Category 1 hurricane over the warm Gulf and possibly hit late Tuesday somewhere along a roughly 500-kilometre stretch from the bayous southwest of New Orleans to the Florida Panhandle.

That would be one day shy of seven years after Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005, although Katrina was a much stronger Category 5 storm with winds over 252km/h.

Isaac was expected to have top winds of around 145km/h when it hits land.


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