Just a day after his speech at the Republican National Convention, Mitt Romney set off to New Orleans, Louisiana to survey the damage done by Hurricane Isaac.
Hurricane Isaac is soaking southeastern Louisiana and southern Mississippi with heavy rain. High storm surges – up to 12 feet – and major flooding are to be expected throughout the day and into tonight.
The National Hurricane Center's 2:05 EDT weather report indicates that Isaac is currently located inland over Southeastern Louisiana, slowly heading northwest at a speed of 6 mph with maximum sustained wind speeds at 75 mph.
In its most recent weather advisory, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) announced that heavy rains and flooding are affecting the Florida Gulf Coast and that there is a significant storm surge threat expected for the northern Gulf Coast.
After killing eight people in Haiti and two in the Dominican Republic, Isaac is now expected to become a Category 2 hurricane with sustained winds of 105 mph late Tuesday or early Wednesday as it hits somewhere between New Orleans and the edge of the Florida Panhandle.