Army News Service
WASHINGTON — Army and Air National Guard elements throughout the southeastern United States are preparing for Tropical Storm Isaac, which made its way past the Florida Keys and on Monday was in the Gulf of Mexico.
Officials from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predict that as the storm moves through the Gulf it will grow to hurricane strength by the time it makes landfall on the northern Gulf coast sometime today.
In Florida, Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency and activated 30 National Guard personnel and kept 5,800 more available if needed.
A state of emergency has also been declared by the governors of Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama in advance of the storm. There are about 10 Alabama National Guard personnel that have been activated with another 70 soldiers and