Posted February 11, 2019 04:16:38 As Hurricane Isaac continues its march to the Texas coastline, at least 6 people have died and hundreds more have been injured, according to the US National Hurricane Center.
The death toll was announced Wednesday evening and is expected to rise.
The US National Weather Service also said that Isaac’s wind speed has reached over 125 mph (207 km/h) and that the storm is now at Category 4 strength.
A few days ago, Isaac was considered a Category 1 storm, with a maximum sustained wind speed of 140 mph (203 km/p) in the upper 50s.
Hurricane Isaac passed over the state of Florida earlier this month, but was expected to weaken in the next few days and could be expected to move closer to the east coast of the US.
Isaac is currently moving away from Florida, with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph (193 km/s) in Florida.
At this point, it is unclear how long Isaac will stay at its current intensity, though experts are predicting that it could remain in the area until late this week.
Isaac has now caused some flooding and power outages in the state, but it has not made landfall yet.
A hurricane warning is currently in effect for parts of Florida, Texas and Louisiana.
The hurricane has made landfall in the Gulf of Mexico and was expected in the middle of the Gulf Coast on Wednesday, the National Hurricane Centre said.
The storm is expected continue on into the west coast of North America.
As of Wednesday evening, at a maximum, Isaac had sustained winds up to 160 mph (240 km/t), according to National Hurricane Centers National Hurricane Force Index.
The winds have also reached an average sustained wind of 140-200 mph (201-230 km/kg) in several locations.
The National Hurricane Office said that there are likely to be more storms moving through the Gulf and Caribbean later this week, with gusts of 150 mph (205 km/knots) to 160-170 mph (220-240 km.kg) being possible, the US Coast Guard said.
As Isaac continues to move towards the Atlantic coast, it will be possible for more strong winds to develop.
Hurricane watches are in effect in most coastal areas of the Caribbean.