Tropical Storm Isaac is strengthening as it heads toward New Orleans, with landfall expected Tuesday afternoon and new emergency declarations issued along the Gulf Coast Monday morning.
The storm is currently moving west-northwest about 310 miles south of the mouth of the Mississippi River, lashing the area off the west coast of the Sunshine State with 65-mile-per-hour winds, according to the latest National Hurricane Center alert.
The 11 a.m. alert issued by the Center showed dropping pressure - a sign the storm may begin to strengthen - just as the eye of a hurricane begins to form.
The storm, reports the Hurricane Center, “poses a significant storm surge threat to the northern Gulf Coast.”
The storm is expected to hit the coast of Louisiana sometime Tuesday afternoon. Ahead of a landfall predicted on the Gulf Coast, the states of Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama have declared a state of emergency, according to The Weather Channel.
“The forecast path really couldn’t be worse for New Orleans,” said NBC meteorologist Bill Karins on MSNBC’s “First Look” Monday morning.
Secretary Duncan of course famously said the best thing that ever happened to the New Orleans public school system was the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Katrina.
That allowed the corporate education reform movement to almost completely privatize the education system in the city of New Orleans and make all sorts of false claims about how great the charterization of the system has been for the city's kids.
The good news is, this current storm has not intensified as expected and may actually hit as a very weak category one or a tropical storm.
Here's hoping that if the storm does go over NOLA, it is very weak as it passes.
Unlike Secretary Duncan and his merry reformers at the Gates Foundation, the Broad Foundation, the Obama administration and the USDOE, I prefer not to see any more wreckage in New Orleans - from either a hurricane or education policy.