|Florida and Louisiana declare state of emergency as Hurricane Isaac heads for Gulf Coast|
"Hundreds of flights have been cancelled and thousands of people evacuated as Tropical Storm Isaac picks up strength in the Gulf of Mexico.
Alabama joined Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana yesterday in declaring a state of emergency as Isaac looms.
A hurricane warning was issued for parts of Louisiana east of Morgan City, which includes the New Orleans area.
More than 50,000 residents of the St. Charles Parish in southeast Louisiana have been told to leave and Gov Bobby Jindal had also suggested that anyone in low-lying parts of the state's coastal parishes evacuate.
Isaac had earlier lashed the Florida Keys with strong winds and heavy rain.
Isaac is expected to be a strong category 2 hurricane when it comes ashore late Tuesday or Wednesday.
Airlines cancelled hundreds of flights as the storm lashed southeastern Florida. Airports in Miami and Fort Lauderdale were hit the hardest, cancelling 573 flights - the vast majority of the 654 U.S. flights grounded overall because of the storm as of Sunday morning.
The winds are expected to increase and exceed 105 miles per hour. Isaac earlier brought havoc to the Caribbean, killing seven people in Haiti and downing trees and power lines in Cuba. The tropical storm bore down on Haiti's southern peninsula on Saturday, leading to three deaths and dumping torrential rain in areas that are still trying to recover from the 2010 earthquake."
So, is anyone being affected by this in anyway? I'd barely heard much about this until now. I can imagine hurricanes being pretty scary, due to the amount of destruction they cause.