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The weather along Alabama's coast should be sunny for one of the season's last big tourist weekends, but officials are urging residents to get ready for the approach of Isaac next week.
With weather service maps showing the storm could hit the Alabama coast as a hurricane on Wednesday, choppy surf and higher-than-normal tides may reach the coast Saturday or Sunday.
Flooding could be worse than usual because of heavy rains along the coast this summer, but officials say even that's hard to predict because of the uncertainty of the storm's track.
Several big events designed to lure tourists to the coast are continuing as planned despite Issac in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.
The Alabama coast is at the center of the National Hurricane Center's latest projections on where Tropical Storm Isaac will strike.
The Hurricane Center's 5-day forecast "cone" includes a wide area of the Gulf Coast where the storm could hit, which stretches from Louisiana to Florida.
At the center of the cone is a stretch of coastline from the Gulf Shores area to Pensacola, Fla. The latest projection calls for Isaac to approach the Alabama coast late Tuesday night and hit early Wednesday morning.
Forecasters say much uncertainty in the storm's track remains.
The storm dumped heavy rain Thursday across eastern and southern Puerto Rico and whipped up waves as high as 10 feet in the Caribbean as it churned across the region.
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