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Tropical Storm Isaac update: Storm to coincide with Hurricane Katrina anniversary

August 27, 2012 - 11:41 AM
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Isaac may strike the same region 7 years later.

Tropical Storm Isaac forecast today and 2005 Hurricane Katrina's path

With the anniversary on the costliest natural disaster looming so is Tropical Storm Isaac. The National Hurricane Center projects Isaac becoming a hurricane late tonight churning through the eastern Gulf of Mexico before likely making landfall somewhere along the gulf coast between Louisiana and Mississippi. Latest guidance suggest that Isaac will not gain as much strength as earlier noted, possibly making landfall as a Category 1 Storm.

See more on Tropical Storm Isaac here

National Hurricane Center Director Rick Knabb told ABC's "Good Morning America" this morning that Isaac wouldn't be as strong as they initially thought. But Knabb urged residents not to focus their preparations the storm's current strength because such storms often do not stick to forecasters' predictions.

Hurricane Katrina's Track

Katrina was a Category 5 storm at one point before making landfall as a Category 3 storm. It is important to note that Katrina formed into a hurricane further south than Isaac will and had more time over the warm water of the Gulf that acted as fuel to intensify the deadly storm. I have attached an image of the latest track for Isaac along with the path Katrina took nearly seven years ago.

Isaac's latest track

Stay tuned for updates throughout the day and coming days as the impact come into focus.

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