POSTED: Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - 9:00am
UPDATED: Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - 3:13am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — Tropical Storm Isaac swept across Florida overnight and rumbled into the Gulf of Mexico.
Now residents near the coast are preparing for the massive storm's uncertain strike.
Some residents are grabbing hold of water, bread and other last minute supplies, while other are evacuating.
Isaac continues to veer west towards Louisiana and could strike New Orleans Wednesday, the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
Gas prices could rise as oil platforms in the gulf evacuate and prepare to shut down.
Thousands in Florida are still without power, and in Haiti at least eight people were killed and hundreds more were left homeless by the storm.
The governor of Alabama is reinforcing evacuation orders for anyone within about 15 miles of the coast.
Shelter's in the area will open later today.