The National Weather Service is forecasting Tropical Storm Issac will hit the New Orleans area as a Category 1 hurricane exactly seven years to the day after Katrina.
The Times-Picayune has more details: Tropical Storm Isaac’s forecast path shifted slightly west, but remains draped across the New Orleans area in the National Hurricane Center’s 4 a.m. forecast. But forecasters now say Isaac is likely to grow only to strong Category 1 strength, with top winds of 90 mph, when its center crosses the mouth of the Mississippi River at about 2 p.m. Wednesday.
Tropical Storm Isaac pushed over Cuba on Saturday after going across Haiti’s southern peninsula, where it caused flooding and at least 19 deaths.
The diagram below compares Issac’s forecasted trajectory compared to Katrina’s path seven years ago: