By Vickie Frantz, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
Aug 27, 2012; 6:02 AM ET
City of New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu has declared a state of emergency in response to the threat of fierce winds and a dangerous storm surge from Isaac.
He stated that he wants everyone in the city of New Orleans to begin preparing for the storm, according to The Times-Picayune.
The mayor held a press conference at city hall at 2:45 p.m. CDT Sunday.
Voluntary evacuations are in effect in Louisiana. Mandatory evacuations may begin today.
Officials at the St. Charles Parish in southeastern Louisiana have ordered the parish’s 53,000 resident to evacuate. The order was made Sunday evening in preparation for the impacts from Isaac.
A state of emergency has also been declared for Jefferson, St. Charles and Plaquemines parishes.
Residents in low-lying areas outside of levee protection are advised to listen to the current reports on Isaac and be prepared for effects from the storm.
Isaac is currently a tropical storm with sustained winds of 65 mph and gusts of up to 75 mph. Isaac is expected to reach hurricane status after strengthening over the warm gulf waters.
Isaac is expected to make landfall sometime Tuesday night, possibly as a Category 2 hurricane.
A more detailed image of the latest forecast track map for Isaac (with times in EDT) can be found on the AccuWeather Hurricane Center.