ISAAC TAKES AIM AT NEW ORLEANS ON HURRICANE KATRINA ANNIVERSARY
Even though tropical storm Isaac is nowhere near as strong as Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans residents are taking the threat very seriously. Isaac will likely strengthen to a category 2 hurricane by the time it hits the Louisiana coast. Latest predictions have it hitting the Gulf coast overnight, as New Orleans marks the 7th anniversary of Katrina. Hurricane warnings extended across 280 miles from Morgan City, La., to the Florida-Alabama state line. The newly installed $14.5 billion levee system can withstand a Category 3 storm, but residents who lived through Katrina aren't convinced. Dan Cooke will be tracking Isaac and you can too with our exclusive hurricane tracker on the weather section of HawaiiNewsNow.com
PRESIDENT OBAMA: "FEMA ON GROUND"
President Obama said this morning officials are prepared for the severe weather threat. The President declared a State of emergency for Louisiana yesterday, in anticipation of Isaac's arrival. He says unlike the aftermath of Katrina 7 years ago, emergency responders are ready, organized, prepared and taking this seriously. We'll have live reports from national correspondents covering Isaac in New Orleans on Sunrise.
ISAAC'S IMPACT ON REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION
Isaac delayed the start of the Republican National Convention by one day, but today, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan will accept their party's nomination. All week long, Sunrise's national correspondent Tracie Potts is covering the convention. This morning, she'll talk about what Republicans must say to win over swing voters and why Hawaii delegates won't have a best view of what's happening on stage.
Isaac is also causing some flight delays and cancellations this morning. We're following the impact with our travel tracker.
SCHOFIELD NOISE ALERT
You may hear blasts or see smoke around Schofield Barracks today. Don't be alarmed. Field artillery training exercises are happening on base this morning starting at 8:30.
Plus, at 7:40, we'll sit down with Director Rob Hedden and actor Ken Davitian from a new movie filmed in Hawaii called "You May Not Kiss the Bride." We'll also hear why a local boy filmed a viral video "Batman Maybe" at 7:50.
Hope you can join us for Sunrise!