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Tropical storm Isaac heads for US Gulf Coast

Tropical Storm Isaac battered Florida's Key West on Sunday Photo: REUTERS/Andrew Innerarity

Tropical Storm Isaac battered the south coast of Florida on Sunday after ripping through the Carribbean, killing ten people and leaving a trail of destruction.

The storm is expected to strengthen to a Category 2 hurricane and hit the Gulf Coast somewhere between Florida and Louisiana midweek, on the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

A hurricane warning was issued for the Gulf Coast from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle, including New Orleans which was devastated by Hurricane Katrina struck on August 29, 2005, killing more than 1,800 people.

The storm hit Florida with slightly less force than was feared but authorities appear to be determined not to repeat the mistakes of 2005.

Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana have all declared a state of emergency, and has advised those living in low lying areas to evacuate. The governor of Louisiana, Bobby Jindal said everyone must stay vigilant, and heed the weather warnings.

The National Hurricane Centre said Isaac will strengthen to hurricane status with "extremely dangerous" sustained winds of 105 miles per hour towards the middle of next week.

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