Coast Guard closes ports, mouth of Mississippi as Isaac approaches

America's Heartland Coast Guard NewsNEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard has closed the major ports along the Gulf Coast in the path of Hurricane Isaac and the Mississippi River from Baton Rouge to the mouth of the river.

The Coast Guard has moved all of its resources out of the path of the hurricane and won’t be able to respond to emergencies on the water until after the storm passes, which emphasizes the importance of remaining off the water.

Once the storm passes, the Coast Guard will begin assessment of the waterways and conducting search and rescue operations as needed.

The National Hurricane Center forecasts Isaac to make landfall as a hurricane along the Gulf Coast between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. As Isaac approaches, the Coast Guard advises people to remember the following:

•     Stay informed of Hurricane Isaac’s progress.

•     Follow your severe weather plan.

•     Follow the instructions of local law enforcement and first responders.

•     Secure your property and vessels.

•     Be cautious of inland flooding and storm surge.

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