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  • Isaac becomes Cat 1 hurricane near the Gulf Coast

    MIAMI (AP) — Isaac became a hurricane Tuesday that could flood the coasts of four states with storm surge and heavy rains on its way to New Orleans, where residents hunkered down behind levees fortified after Katrina struck seven years ago this week.

    Shelters were open for those who chose to stay or missed the chance to get away before the outer bands of the large storm blow ashore ahead of a forecast landfall in southeast Louisiana on Tuesday night or early Wednesday. However, with the exception of some low-lying areas, officials had not ordered mass evacuations.

    The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Isaac became a Category 1 hurricane Tuesday with winds of 75 mph. It could get stronger by the time it's expected to reach the swampy coast of southeast Louisiana.

    In Houma, a city southwest of New Orleans, people filled a municipal auditorium-turned-shelter. However, in the bayou country of Terrebonne Parish off Highway 24, storms pose a perennial dilemma for those living a hardscrabble life.

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  • Martinez GOP speech rescheduled, goes before Ryan

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The scheduled speech by New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez at the Republican National Convention has been rescheduled thanks to Tropical Storm Isaac.

    Martinez is scheduled to speak Wednesday around 8 p.m. New Mexico time, right before GOP Vice Presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan is slated to speak.

    A primetime speaking role increases the potential for national television exposure for Martinez, who is the nation's first Latina governor.

    Martinez was elected in 2010 and is the first female governor of New Mexico.

  • New Orleans Braces for Isaac
  • Isaac aims at north Gulf Coast after raking Fla.

    KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Tropical Storm Isaac churned toward the northern Gulf Coast early Monday and promised to give the Republican National Convention a good drenching after lashing the Florida Keys with wind and rain but apparently causing little damage.

    The National Hurricane Center predicted Isaac would grow to a hurricane over the warm Gulf of Mexico and possibly hit late Tuesday somewhere along a stretch that starts west of New Orleans and runs to the edge of the Florida Panhandle. That would be one day shy of seven years after Hurricane Katrina struck catastrophically in 2005.

    In the Florida Keys, Monroe County Sheriff's spokeswoman Becky Herrin said there were no injuries and few reports of damage as the storm crossed near Key West on Sunday.

    Much of the rest of South Florida remained under a tornado watch early Monday as the remnants of Isaac moved across the area.

    In Tampa, flooding prompted the closure of several main roads early Monday including three near downtown where the Republican convention was to be held.

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