Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana are under hurricane advisory warnings
as many communities along those states' coasts are being evacuated.
"We fully expect that we will get the brunt of it," New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said at a briefing Tuesday afternoon, NBC News writes
.. "We think that we're well prepared," he added, while saying that much depends on how well residents heed warnings to hunker down.
The National Hurricane Center expects
heavy flooding due to Isaac. The Center predicts Isaac to make landfall in southeastern Louisiana as early as this evening.
Cities in Florida have shut down the coast line from Pensacola to Panama City, according to local news reports
. Areas near central and western Palm Beach County got walloped with more than 14 inches of rain from the storm recently, the Sun Sentinel writes
USA Today reports
engineers closed the floodgates around New Orleans in order to keep water from the Gulf from surging into the area "as Isaac moves closer to shore, threatening to cause major flooding."
As far as storms go, Isaac is quite wide, NBC News writes
, Tropical storm-force winds stretch 185 miles from its center and hurricane-force winds extend out 60 miles.
Compared to Katrina, Isaac isn't as powerful (but still shouldn't be underestimated). Katrina, striking Louisiana in August 2005, at one point reached
Category 5 status with winds of more than 157 mph, and made landfall as a Category 3 storm.
A Google Map
lists the areas currently under hurricane warnings and evacuation orders.