Isaac upgrades to hurricane

Published 1:24 pm Tuesday, August 28, 2012

This graphic from the National Hurricane Center shows the winds that can be expected in various regions in the South.

The latest update from the National Hurricane Center shows that Isaac now has maximum sustained winds of 75 mph, which upgrades it to category 1 hurricane status.

At 1 p.m., Hurricane Isaac was located about 55 miles south, southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River about 135 miles southeast of New Orleans. Pressure has dropped to 975 mbs.

A hurricane warning has been replaced by a tropical storm warning from the Mississippi-Alabama border eastward to Destin, FL, according to the NWS. The warning for east of Destin has been discontinued.

Locally, Covington County can expect 15 to 30 mph winds and 4 to 7 inches of rain, official said Tuesday.