Isaac Leaves Devastation In Its Trail
Posted by Ryan J. Beard on Aug 29, 2012 - 2:13:25 PM
NEW ORLEANS—Hurricane Isaac was downgraded to a tropical
storm on Wednesday, August 29, but not before reeking havoc in New Orleans and surrounding
areas. The hurricane crashed upon the shores of southeastern Louisiana as a
minimal hurricane on Wednesday morning, but lingered for hours. Torrential rain
and strong winds toppled trees and tower lines and flooded roads.
600,000 New Orleans residents were left without power early Wednesday afternoon,
according to the New Orleans News (NOLA). By noon, approximately 85 percent of
the city was without power. The silver lining of the hurricane is the fact that
New Orleans’ new $14.5 billion hurricane-protection system seemed to pass its
first test without difficulty, said NOLA.
Other areas south east of New Orleans were not as fortunate
and experienced devastating flooding. On the east bank of Plaquemines Parish,
the hurricane flowed over the eighteen miles of levees. At a midday news
conference, Governor Bobby Jindal stated that 3,000 people may be evacuated out of
harms way. Just south of New Orleans in Braithwaite, the national guard rescued
dozens trapped on their roofs, said NOLA. Thus far, there have been no confirmed
fatalities attributed to the storm.
According to the National Hurricane Center, sustained winds
continue to reach nearly 70 miles an hour with higher gusts and rain
accumulation of 7 to 14 inches. The storm is expected, however, to gradually
weaken during the next 48 hours as hurricane Isaac continues to move farther
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