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National Weather Service

The latest projected rainfall and tropical storm-force windspeed maps from the National Weather Service and National Hurricane Center.

Maps will be reposted as conditions change.

How much safer is the Gulf Coast from a catastrophic storm like Hurricane Katrina, which slammed the region in 2005, precipitating New Orleans' levee failure and killing more than 1,800 people?

The city of Scott will distribute sand bags at the maintenance building, located at 118 Lions Club Road, until 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The Advertiser reports residents who pick up sand bags must live within the corporate limits of the city of Scott and will be required to show identification.

The story of Hurricane Isaac will more than likely be one of flooding. The National Hurricane Center says that some places along the Mississippi and Louisiana coast could see up to 18 inches of rain.

Over five days, the tropical system will spread rain far and wide.

How widespread, you ask? Look at this map put together by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It shows their prediction of how much rain will fall in the next five days:

Plaquemines Parish officials say they have closed the Empire floodgate as Tropical Storm Isaac nears.

Authorities said no boat traffic will be permitted through the gate until further notice.

Washington Parish is making sandbag locations available to residents starting at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday. The locations are:

  • Bogalusa Ave B Sports Complex
  • Bogalusa Cassidy Park, 625 Willis Ave, Bogalusa LA
  • WP Fire District #7 17380 Bill Booty Road, Bogalusa La
  • WP Public Works #1 – 801 Pearl St, Franklinton, LA
  • WP Publc Works #2 – 7 Mile Rd & Hwy 10 (Yacc Bldg)

The National Hurricane Center says that it expects Tropical Storm Isaac to continue strengthening up until it makes landfall.

In the 5 p.m. ET advisory, the Hurricane Center said Isaac remains a tropical storm with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph. Dry air, the center explains, keeps feeding into the storm keeping it from intensifying. The storm is predicted to make landfall near New Orleans as a category 2 hurricane with 100 mph winds.

Danielle Bell / The Lens

With Tropical Storm Isaac bearing down on New Orleans, one of three key Army Corps of Engineers pumping stations that help drain the city during a storm is only at partial capacity — far less than what is needed to keep the Orleans Avenue Canal from filling.

Terrebonne and Lafourche parish governments are making sandbags available to residents as Tropical Storm Lee approaches.

The Houma Courier reports they are available at no charge at the following locations:

Terrebonne Parish

St. Tammany Parish sandbag stations

Aug 27, 2012

St. Tammany Parish will open five sandbag stations from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, August 27 at the following locations:

  • Covington Barn, 1305 N. Florida St., Covington
  • Keller Barn, 63131 Fish Hatchery Rd., Lacombe
  • Koop Drive, 21411 Koop Drive, Mandeville (under Tammany Trace water tower)
  • Airport Road Barn, 34783 Grantham College Rd., Slidell
  • Fritchie Barn, 63119 Hwy 1090, Pearl River