NEW ORLEANS -- Tropical Storm Isaac hasn't hit hurricane strength yet, but it's apparently bearing down on New Orleans almost seven years to the day that Hurricane Katrina hit the region.
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Isaac has winds of 70 mph. Its center was about 230 miles southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River, and it was moving northwest at 10 mph. Hurricane warnings extend across 280 miles from Morgan City, La., to the Florida-Alabama state line. It could become the first hurricane to hit the Gulf Coast since 2008.
With its massive size and slow speed, Isaac could become a punishing rain machine.
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