Haiti Takes Beating as Isaac Eyes Gulf Coast

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As the Gulf Coast is making preparations for Tropical Storm Isaac Monday, the Caribbean is still reeling from the deadly impact the storm made over the weekend.

Authorities say flooding has killed eight people in Haiti, two in the Dominican Republic, and downed trees and power lines in Cuba.

In Haiti, the rivers and wind are still raging. Strong gusts are disintegrating tents in camps around the city.

"About 10 percent of the tents in the main camp that we're working in were completely destroyed. They're gone," Bill Horan, president of CBN's Operation Blessing International, said. "Sixty families are huddled in a school building-they're shivering. We're trying to buy blankets."

**Jody Gettys, head of U.S. Disaster Relief for Operation Blessing, shared more about how the charity is providing aide to survivors, on CBN's Morning News. Accuweather's Mark Mancuso also joined the program to provide more information of Isaac's track and when the storm is expected to make landfall. Click play for their comments.**

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Relief workers are also concerned about preventing death from cholera. The municipal water supply in Port au Prince isn't working at the moment.

In response, Operation Blessing is sending a water truck out to camps in the capital. The humanitarian organization is distributing treated water and educating communities about the dangers of cholera.

Meanwhile in Florida, forecasters are predicting winds and more than a half foot of rain. Officials have closed school Monday for millions of students.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal have also declared states of emergency.

Forecasters believe Isaac will grow to a Category 2 hurricane by the time it hits the Gulf Coast.

Drivers are already lining up for gas and home owners are buying plywood. Officials are warning people to be prepared.

"We're certainly encouraging all of our people to stay alert, to monitor local weather conditions in their area, and to follow what local officials are telling them," Jindal said.

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