NEW ORLEANS -- Officials in New Orleans are telling residents to get ready for Isaac, which could grow to a Category 2 hurricane by the time it's expected to hit early Wednesday. But they're not ordering evacuations in the city.
There are hurricane warnings across the 280 miles from Morgan City, La., to the Florida-Alabama state line, and people living in low-lying areas are being told to leave.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami says the storm is centered about 145 miles southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River, with maximum sustained winds about 70 mph.
A hurricane warning remains in effect from just east of Morgan City, La., to the Alabama-Florida border.
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