NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Hurricane Isaac made landfall in southeast Louisiana with winds near 80 mph just before 5p.m. Tuesday.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the storm's center reached land at 4:45 p.m. in Plaquemines Parish, about 90 miles southeast of New Orleans.
For full Isaac coverage click here.
To track the hurricane download the StormTracker 2 mobile app or the KREM 2 News HD iPad app.
The storm's arrival Tuesday evening comes on the eve of the seven-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated the region.
While not as powerful as Katrina, Isaac threatens to flood the coasts of four states with storm surge and heavy rains on its way to New Orleans, where residents have been hunkering down behind levees fortified after Katrina struck.
Isaac also promises to test a New Orleans levee system bolstered after the catastrophic failures during Katrina.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Tuesday that Isaac gained strength as it moved over the warm, open waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
President Barack Obama says the nation will help people recover from Hurricane Isaac, "no matter what this storm brings."
He says that when disaster strikes, "we're not Democrats or Republicans first, we are Americans first."
The president says during a campaign event in Ames, Iowa, that preparations for the storm have been under way for days, and he vows the nation will "help our neighbors in need."
Obama has warned residents of the Gulf Coast to listen to local authorities and follow their directions ahead of the hurricane that is veering toward New Orleans.