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Hurricane Isaac in Atlantic

Could Isaac hit Republican convention?
Isaac to Impact Northern Caribbean Islands

August 21, 2012
The Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and Cuba will be at risk for flooding rainfall as Isaac is forecast to move through the area late this week and into the weekend.

A swirl in the open Atlantic will be named Isaac if it strengthens.
The Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and Cuba will be at risk for flooding rainfall as Isaac is forecast to move through the area late this week and into the weekend.
GFS model simulations showing a tropical system over Florida August 27-28 during the beginning of the Republican National Convention.
Jeff Masters of wunderground wrote a detailed blog post on the risk of a storm hitting Tampa during the convention.
If a powerful hurricane did strike the Tampa Bay region the effects could be devastating.

Dr. Jeff Masters

Republican convention

Romney is as much a CURSE as Obama!
GOP want a Palestinian state - on Israeli land, this is cursing Israel bringing judgment on USA
READ Gaza trigger, relates Hurricane Katrina to God's judgement.
August 23, 2005 Israel evicted the last Jews from Gaza, and the tropical depression that formed on that day became Hurricane Katrina.


Isaac in the Central Atlantic Aug 21, 2012; 6:35 PM ET

Isaac potential threat to GOP convention in Tampa FloriDUH
Some models had the storm striking Florida as early as Sunday.
Storm warnings have already been declared for Puerto Rico and parts of the US Virgin Islands.

Tropical Storm Isaac forms in Atlantic
August 21st, 2012  Tropical Storm Isaac formed in the Atlantic Ocean and churned toward the Caribbean Sea Tuesday could become a  Category 1 hurricane.

Then God said to Abraham, As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name.
I will bless her, and indeed I will give you a son by her. Then I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her.
Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed, and said in his heart, Will a child be born to a man one hundred years old? And will Sarah, who is 90 years old, bear a child?
God said, Sarah your wife will bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac.
Genesis 17

Sarah your wife will have a son.
And Sarah was listening at the tent door, which was behind him. Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in age; Sarah was past childbearing.
Sarah laughed to herself, saying, “After I have become old, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?
And the LORD said to Abraham, Why did Sarah laugh?
Genesis 18


Isaac winds 45 mph  Aug. 23  dawn
Current projections bring Isaac, now a strengthening tropical storm, to Florida's neighborhood during the first part of next week.

Dr. Jeff Masters, 8:34 PM GMT on August 22, 2012
Tropical Storm Isaac continues to maintain top winds of just 45 mph as its center prepares to move through the Lesser Antilles islands this evening.

Isaac to Slam Haiti, Cuba with Flooding Rain
Aug 24, 2012   Haiti sits in path of strengthening Isaac
Tropical Storm Isaac winds 60 mph

Republicans set to endorse two-state solution at convention next week
Romney camp blocks efforts to amend its proposed party platform

August 22, 2012 – The Republican Party’s platform is expected to include support for a two-state solution in the Middle East.
The platform committee, meeting in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, rejected three amendments that would have removed language supportive of a two-state solution, according to a delegate who put forward two of the amendments.

A vote before the full Republican Convention in Tampa is expected next week.
The proposed language as it now stands, written by the Romney campaign and committee aides, states, “We envision two democratic states,” according to BuzzFeed, the political news site that first reported on the amendments.

Three amendments were offered but not adopted following objections from a Romney surrogate, Sen. Jim Talent (R-Mo.). Two of those amendments were put forth by delegate Kevin Erickson, pastor at Cross Hill Church in Virginia, Minn., who wanted to replace the two-state language with tough language on terrorism, BuzzFeed reported.

Thus they curse America further.  Will Isaac smack them all?  We shall see.
Remember, GOD LAUGHS at MAN's FOOLISHNESS.  Isaac means laughter.   Laughing

Hurricane warnings issued for Florida
Tropical storm Isaac passes Haiti, heads toward Florida
August 25, 2012
 This is the WORST track, with Tampa just east of Isaac.
Thats where worst winds are.
Winds 60 gusts 70 mph early morning.
The storm is heading toward eastern Cuba.

Tropical Storm Isaac hugs Cuba coast, expected to be Cat 2 hurricane in Gulf
August 25  Updated at 5 pm.  Tropical Storm Isaac was hugging the northern coastline of eastern Cuba on Saturday after claiming at least three lives in Haiti. Isaac should become a Category 1 hurricane on Sunday just as it nears the Florida Keys, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said, and then grow into an even stronger Category 2 storm.
Hurricane conditions are expected in the hurricane warning area in southwest Florida and the Florida Keys on Sunday.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Saturday declared a state of emergency to make sure local and state agencies would be ready.

The center now expects Isaac to build to a Category 2 hurricane, with winds around 100 mph, after it enters the warmer waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
Isaac is a massive storm, with tropical storm-force winds extending 230 miles from the center. Key West International Airport was halting all flights at 7 p.m. Saturday until the storm had passed.

In Haiti, a woman and a child in the town of Souvenance were killed in the storm, a local official reported.
In the capital Port-au-Prince -- where some 350,000 people are still living in tents or shelters after the 2010 Haiti earthquake - a girl, 10, was killed when a wall fell on her.
Power outages and flooding were reported as Isaac moved across the hilly and severely deforested Caribbean country.
"There's a lot of rain, a lot of wind," said Magdala Jean-Baptiste, who huddled with her frightened children in their home in the southern coastal city of Jacmel. "We haven't had any power since the storm started yesterday. We passed the night with no sleep."

In neighboring Dominican Republic, Isaac felled power and phone lines and left at least a dozen towns cut off by flood waters. The most severe damage was reported along the south coast, including the capital Santo Domingo, where more than half the city was without power.

Cuba prepared by closing beaches and evacuating tourists in vulnerable areas, NBC's Mary Murray and The Weather Channel's Mike Seidel reported from Havana. Flights across Cuba were also suspended.
In Baracoa, a city on Cuba's eastern side, high seas began topping the seawall Friday night, Radio Baracoa reported.

Now with 60 mph winds, Isaac should exit Cuba on Sunday and then move south of the Florida Keys and into the Gulf.
Republicans are preparing to gather in Tampa, on Florida's central Gulf Coast, for Monday's start of their national convention ahead of the November presidential election.

The convention is expected to proceed as planned but Gulf of Mexico operators began shutting down offshore oil and gas rigs on Friday ahead of the storm.
Tampa's weather forecast includes rain and high winds Sunday night and into Monday, The Weather Channel reported. The winds could gust up to 60 mph.

Monday and Tuesday include a risk of tornadoes across south Florida.
Officials were handing out sandbags to residents in the Tampa area, which often floods when heavy rainstorms hit. Sandbags also were being handed out in Homestead, 20 years after Hurricane Andrew devastated the community there. Otherwise, however, convention preparations were moving ahead as usual.

Isaac's exact path is still unclear, but the hurricane center said models suggest it will make landfall somewhere between the Florida Panhandle and New Orleans on Tuesday night.
The storm's anticipated path did shift closer to the Keys than previously forecast and emergency managers urged tourists to leave the islands if they could do so safely. A single road links the chain of islands to the Florida Peninsula.

Hurricane impending, Republicans cancel first day of convention
August 25, 2012  Updated 6:51 p.m. - TAMPA - Republicans announced Saturday that they had effectively canceled the first day of its convention for safety concerns associated with an impending hurricane.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement that "the Republican National Convention will convene on Monday August 27th and immediately recess until Tuesday afternoon, August 28th."

That move essentially postpones the activities of the first of four scheduled days of the convention.
Convention organizers had pushed ahead with the gathering as planned for much of the week, even as it seemed, for some time, that Isaac was on a direct trajectory toward Tampa.
The impending hurricane aside, Republicans already did some last-minute reshuffling for their convention order, moving Ann Romney's speech to Tuesday from Monday because major television networks hadn't planned to broadcast the first night of the convention.

Following that change, the main speakers on Monday had been set to be South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
Planning had also called for the formal roll call vote of delegates to nominate Romney for president to take place on Monday.
Bill Harris, the convention's president and CEO, said the convention organizers "will continue providing updates in the hours and days ahead."

Isaac winds 65 mph gusts to 75 mph
August 26, 2012  dawn Sunday

Isaac remains a tropical storm as it skirts northern coast of southeast Cuba.  Jeff Masters blog

Miami, Key West Bracing for Future Hurricane Isaac
The weekend started with rain overspreading South Florida, but will end with an all-out pounding from Isaac.
Isaac was not entirely responsible for the rain that soaked South Florida Saturday.

Disaster Preparedness, Evacuation Route and Zone Maps, Storm Surge Zone Maps

Northern Gulf Coast: Prepare for Cat. 2 Hurricane Isaac
Tropical Storm Isaac will close out the weekend pounding South Florida, but will make its final landfall as a powerful Category 2 hurricane along the northern Gulf Coast around Tuesday night.
Hurricane watches are posted from the western Florida Panhandle all the way along the the coast into eastern Louisiana.
Residents from Biloxi and Gulfport to Mobile, Pensacola, Destin and Panama City, among many other communities, along the northern Gulf Coast, are urged to begin making preparations now

Its still only a tropical storm.  Its not hit hurricane status yet .. and media are going crazy!

Tropical Storm Isaac Should Rival Hurricane Katrina
August 24th Forbes warned that Tropical Storm Isaac could pose a threat to energy markets and even rival Hurricane Katrina in its destructive power (Could Tropical Storm Isaac Turn Into Another Katrina?).  While the computer models are still showing a substantial spread in solutions, it appears more likely that Isaac will make landfall somewhere near the Louisiana, Mississippi Gulf Coast.  This track will provide the storm more time to intensify over the very warm water of the Gulf of Mexico.

The entire Gulf Coast from Lake Charles, LA to Panama City, FL should be aware of the latest forecast model guidance.  The reason for this large spread is because the computer models are split between whether a trough will capture Isaac or not.  As of 8AM Sunday morning, it appears Isaac will not be captured and as a result, a more westward track is most likely.

Hurricane Katrina made landfall near New Orleans on Aug 29, 2005.  It is estimated that the total economic impact in Louisiana and Mississippi exceeded $110 billion, earning the title of the most expensive hurricane ever in US history.
much more

Hurricane watch now includes New Orleans area
August 26, 2012  MIAMI   Isaac currently has top sustained winds of 65 mph (105 kph).
Forecasters say a hurricane watch has been extended to include the New Orleans metro area as Tropical Storm Isaac makes its way toward the Florida Keys.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Sunday morning that the watch area now stretches from east of Morgan City, La., to the Florida Panhandle.
Forecasters have said that Isaac could be a dangerous Category 2 hurricane by the time it makes landfall over the northern Gulf Coast. That is expected to happen sometime late Tuesday or early Wednesday.
The outer bands of Isaac have already started lashing South Florida and the Florida Keys. Tropical storm-force winds extend up to 205 miles (330 kilometers) from the storm's center.

Hurricane warnings issued for New Orleans, Gulf Coast as Isaac churns off Florida
The storm that killed as many as six people in Haiti and forced the delay of the start of the Republican National Convention in Tampa is on track to hit the Gulf Coast and possibly New Orleans, forecasters said late Sunday.
Tropical Storm Isaac, with sustained winds of 60 mph, lashed the Florida Keys and is expected to intensify, gaining strength as it moves into the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, and make landfall on Tuesday as possibly a Category 2 hurricane.
The projected track and timing is eerily similar to Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans and Gulf Coast in late August 2005.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency and ordered voluntary evacuations of more than a dozen parishes. Governors in Alabama and Mississippi did, too.
"I know the anxiety level is high," New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu told CNN on Sunday. "The storm is somewhat uncertain. Out of an abundance of caution we will begin to take these precautions as quickly as we can."
Landrieu added: "We are much, much better prepared structurally than before."

Hurricane warnings have been issued along the northern Gulf Coast from Morgan City, La., to Destin, Fla., including New Orleans and coastal Mississippi. Tornado warnings were issued for southern Florida late Sunday as a result of the rotating storm.
According to the National Hurricane Center, a storm surge between six and 12 feet could threaten the northern Gulf Coast if the storm makes landfall during high tide. The storm surge in Tampa Bay--the site of the Republican Convention--could be as high as four feet, forecasters said.

Heavy rain is also expected; in southern Florida and the Keys, up to 10 inches was expected Sunday.
In Haiti, at least six deaths were reported on Saturday as a result of Isaac. According to Florida Gov. Rick Scott, no deaths have been reported in the state thus far.

But on the eve of the seventh anniversary of Katrina, some weather experts are nonetheless growing weary. Brendan Loy, a blogger who predicted Katrina would be "an unprecedented cataclysm" in New Orleans, "breaching the Lake Pontchartrain levees" and causing thousands of deaths, says he had "a profound sense of déjà vu" on Saturday when computer models showed a "sudden westward" shift--and Isaac taking dead aim at New Orleans.
"It feels like August 26, 2005—a defining day of my decade—all over again," he wrote.

August 27, 2012  Monday
Looks like it's heading to New Orleans either as Cat 1.
The last update said it will likely be a Cat 1 when making landfall not a Cat 2 like reported before.
However, it is going at a SLOWER than usual pace, that when it does hit landfall it has the potential to cause more damage for a Cat 1 b/c of just's going at such a slow pace that the storm will have more opportunities to do more damage.

This has got to be one of the strangest storms - they keep going back and forth projecting its category at landfall, however it is STILL a Tropical Storm. Now it's projected to be Category 1 at landfall. I don't know, we'll see...

Isaac threat to Gulf Coast well beyond New Orleans
August 27, 2012   NEW ORLEANS (AP) — With its massive size and ponderous movement, Tropical Storm Isaac was gaining strength Monday as it headed toward the Gulf Coast. The next 24 hours would determine whether it brought the usual punishing rains and winds — or something even more destructive harkening back to the devastation wrought seven years ago by Hurricane Katrina.

The focus has been on New Orleans as Isaac takes dead aim at the city, but the impact will be felt well beyond the city limits. The storm's winds could be felt more than 200 miles from the storm's center.
The Gulf Coast region has been saturated thanks to a wet summer, and some officials have worried more rain could make it easy for trees and power lines to fall over in the wet ground. Too much water also could flood crops, and wind could topple plants such as corn and cotton.

"A large, slow-moving system is going to pose a lot of problems: winds, flooding, storm surge and even potentially down the road river flooding," said Richard Knabb, director of the National Hurricane Center in Miami. "That could happen for days after the event."
The storm's potential for destruction was not lost on Alabama farmer Bert Driskell, who raises peanuts, cotton, wheat, cattle and sod on several thousand acres near Grand Bay, in Mobile County.
"We don't need a lot of water this close to harvest," Driskell said.

If Isaac drenches drought plagued Oklahoma-Arkansas it will be a great blessing!
August 28, 2012
 Isaac Still Dangerous.
Isaac is forecast by to make landfall as a hurricane in Louisiana and will bring the risk of storm surge flooding, inland flooding, damaging wind, tornadoes and beach erosion to part of the central Gulf Coast area.
According to AccuWeather The angle at which Isaac could come ashore could still drive a substantial amount of water inland quickly over southeastern Louisiana and southern Mississippi.
As a result a relatively weaker storm (Category 1 or 2), when compared to Katrina (Category 3 at landfall in La./Miss.), could still pack a considerable punch.

Florida Peninsula
Isaac will make landfall over the central Gulf Coast later today.
Squally bands of torrential rain and thunderstorms will continue to stream across central and southern Florida.

August 28, 2005  is the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

When you curse Israel you curse yourself, your nation!  Exclamation  Idea
The tropical depression that formed on August 23rd became Hurricane Katrina.
August 23, 2005 Israeli forces evicted the last Jews from 2 Jewish settlements Tuesday, completing the tragic withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and a corner of the West Bank.

Since STUPIDLY giving Gaza to her sworn enemies the Palestinians / Philistines, Israel has had war daily, not peace.
And the USA pushed Israel to do it.  And Ariel Sharon lies on a slab worse than dead.

GOD said to Abraham, grandfather of Jacob/Israel -
I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed. Genesis 12:3


Isaac, now a hurricane, heads for New Orleans
8/28/12  Tropical Storm Isaac is now Hurricane Isaac.
The slow-moving storm, with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph, achieved hurricane status at approximately 12:20 p.m. ET on Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center said:
The Category 1 hurricane, positioned about 160 miles southeast of New Orleans, is moving northwest at 10 mph. Isaac is expected to make landfall late Tuesday or early Wednesday on Louisiana's Gulf Coast.
Wednesday marks the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans and the Gulf Coast in late August 2005.

Isaac threatens record corn harvest in Louisiana
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The LSU AgCenter says Tropical Storm Isaac could wreck what was looking like an excellent year for Louisiana agriculture.
AgCenter cotton and feed grain specialist John Kruse says cotton is at the same stage it was when Hurricane Gustav destroyed the 2008 crop.
And he says about two-thirds of a record 560,000-acre corn crop was still in the field Monday because the low Mississippi River has slowed shipping.
Soybean specialist Ronnie Levy says growers are harvesting as fast as they can, but most of their beans are not yet ready. Levy says 65 to 75% may still be in the field by the end of Tuesday. Louisiana has approximately 1.2 million acres of soybeans planted this year.

Tropical Storm Isaac shifts toward sinkhole, extremely dangerous
August 27, 2012  Deborah Dupre
Mobile Command demobilizes.  With the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's flooding and oil and gas explosions hours away, Tropical Storm Isaac gained strength Sunday and forecasters warned Isaac could become an extremely dangerous Category 2 hurricane as it begins tracking toward the northern Gulf Coast in the Bayou Corne, Louisiana sinkhole vicinity where Mobile Command is demobilizing and more residents are told to evacuate.

As Isaac's drew new strength early Sunday during a warm-water crossing of the Florida Straits after causing havoc in Cuba and leaving four dead in Haiti, Assumption Parish, home of Louisiana’s giant sinkhole is further threatened.
"Tropical Storm Isaac gained fresh muscle Sunday as it bore down on the Florida Keys and forecasters warned Isaac could grow into an extremely dangerous Category 2 hurricane as it begins tracking toward the northern Gulf Coast," reports Associated Press.

"Currently Isaac is a tropical storm that's expected to become a hurricane as it reaches Key West ... then it will move into the Gulf of Mexico and is expected to strengthen," said Meteorologist Jessica Schauer with the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami.
"Our forecast is that as the system moves northward it is forecast to strengthen to a Category 2," she said, adding an ultimate landfall is possible on the northern Gulf Coast late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning.
"Definitely the northern Gulf Coast should be preparing for a hurricane right now," Schauer told The Associated Press by telephone.

Isaac is expected to hit land as a strong Category 2 hurricane Wednesday, the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
Katrina flooded 80 percent of New Orleans and all of St. Bernard Parish in 2005, killed more than 1,400 Louisiana residents, and dumped more oil on the area than the Exxon-Valdez oil disaster contaminated.
Part of the worst environmental catastrophic nightmare that is unfolding in the sinkhole area is now Isaac's anticipated flooding and high winds.

Louisiana state Gov. Jindal said Isaac could bring 12 to 16 inches of rain with tropical storm winds lasting up to 36 hours and up to eight hours of hurricane winds, defined as 75 mph or more.
By late Monday night, south Louisiana will be feeling heavy storm conditions.
"Early, early Tuesday ... is when we could see the greatest storm conditions in this area," said Scott Whelchel, Homeland Security director for St. Charles Parish.

Sinkhole parish evacuating more residents
Assumption Parish officials have declared a state of emergency due to Isaac.
On Sunday afternoon, Gov. Jindal urged Assumption Parish residents in low-lying areas to evacuate. Much of the parish is swampland and bayous, including the area where the sinkhole is located and continues to expand and bubble.

The sinkhole Mobile Command Unit is demobilizing.
“State agencies currently at the Mobile Command Post in Bayou Corne will be demoblilizing immediately,” parish officials stated Sunday night.
“This measure is for the protection of the equipment involved."

Last week, it was reported that the giant Bayou Corne sinkhole radiation level is 15 times over state limit and residents were urged to record health signs by using Louisiana Environmental Action Network's new reporting tool.
Friday evening, sinkhole area residents learned at a public meeting that if the cavern below the sinkhole is fractured, there is little that can be done to repair it, according to Department of Natural Resources' (DNR) civil engineer who is coordinating the science group studying the sinkhole, Chris Knotts, who addressed the approximately 350 attendees.

Assumption Parish Schools will be open on Monday, August 27. Officials have not decided whether schools will be open Tuesday and Wednesday, officials report.
A Category 2 hurricane is capable of top sustained winds of 96-100 mph (154-177 kph).

Schauer cautioned that Isaac is threatening destructive storm surges, though noted that forecasts extending as far as Tuesday or Wednesday are subject to greater uncertainty.
Forecasters said a hurricane hunter plane found top sustained winds have increased from approximately 60 mph (95 kph) hours earlier. Isaac was forecast to move Monday over southeastern Gulf of Mexico.
Authorities said a new hurricane watch has been issued from the mouth of the Mississippi River, excluding New Orleans metro area.

End Time Current Events: 8-28-12

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Apparently, this is NOT your typical Cat 1 storm - the news person on CNN Headline News said this morning that it has stayed for quite awhile in New Orleans(and someone on PPF who lives down there has given us updates over his phone, and he pretty much said the same thing).

Hurricane Isaac Lashes Gulf Coast in Slow Churn
The center of Hurricane Isaac made a second landfall over Port Fourchon, La., early Wednesday, overtopping a levee southeast of New Orleans, knocking down trees and cutting power to more than 400,000 homes.
There were no reports of injuries as dawn broke over the Gulf Coast area. Property damage reports were just beginning to come in. There were scattered reports of people stranded in their homes by rising water in the New Orleans area.
"I've got a four-by-four hole in my roof, several pieces in the front yard, the back wall of my house moved a couple of feet, and with each gust of wind, it's like you're breathing in and out," William Harold "Billy" Nungesser, president of Plaquemines Parish, said today on "Good Morning America."
Nungesser said some people are stranded in the flood.
"They're stranded at this time, one of the residents that is probably several thousand feet from them has taken a boat and is attempting to rescue them," said Nungesser.
Nungesser confirmed that a levee in Plaquemines Parish was overtopped with water, causing flooding.
"The water came up so quickly and overtopped the levees from Breakaway to White Ditch on the east back of the north end of the parish. It's an area that we called for a mandatory evacuation."

The center of Hurricane Isaac made a second landfall over Port Fourchon, La., early Wednesday, overtopping a levee southeast of New Orleans, knocking down trees and cutting power to more than 400,000 homes.
8/29/12  There were no reports of injuries as dawn broke over the Gulf Coast area. Property damage reports were just beginning to come in. There were scattered reports of people stranded in their homes by rising water in the New Orleans area.
Dozens of residents of Plaquemines Parish, La. are stranded, while there are multiple reports of people trapped in attics. The general sentiment within the government complex is that fewer people evacuated than during Hurricane Katrina, which hit New Orleans seven years ago today.

As of 7:45 a.m. the storm's center is about 50 miles south-southwest of New Orleans, according to the National Hurricane Center.
"I've got a four-by-four hole in my roof, several pieces in the front yard, the back wall of my house moved a couple of feet, and with each gust of wind, it's like you're breathing in and out," William Harold "Billy" Nungesser, president of Plaquemines Parish, said today on "Good Morning America."

Nungesser said some people are stranded in the flood.
"They're stranded at this time, one of the residents that is probably several thousand feet from them has taken a boat and is attempting to rescue them," said Nungesser.
Nungesser confirmed that a levee in Plaquemines Parish was overtopped with water, causing flooding.
"The water came up so quickly and overtopped the levees from Breakaway to White Ditch on the east back of the north end of the parish. It's an area that we called for a mandatory evacuation."

Hurricane Isaac Lashes Louisiana as Energy Prices Drop
Hurricane Isaac will linger over Louisiana with heavy wind-driven rain for two days while reducing the threat to offshore energy production.
Natural gas futures in New York dropped to the lowest price in almost 10 weeks after Isaac’s landfall reduced concern that the storm would damage offshore pipelines and platforms. Oil also fell.

Isaac, pounding the New Orleans area on the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, was 50 miles (80 kilometers) south-southwest of New Orleans at 9 a.m. local time, the National Hurricane Center said in an advisory. Its top winds were at 75 mph, making it a Category 1 hurricane on the five- step Saffir-Simpson scale.

“It is moving very slowly, it is just drifting about the south Louisiana coastline, so they are just going to get pounded with wind and rain for quite some time now,” said Dan Pydynowski, a meteorologist at AccuWeather Inc. in State College, Pennsylvania. “The areas that are getting hit hard right now will continue to take a pounding through most of the day today.”

Isaac has halted 93 percent of U.S. oil production in the Gulf of Mexico and 67 percent of natural-gas output, and forced evacuations from 503 production platforms and 49 rigs, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said yesterday. Six Louisiana refineries were shut and three were running at reduced rates, idling 6.7 percent of U.S. capacity, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

It's weakened back to a TS now - however, it appears the damage is worse than a Cat 1 expected. FOX reported that 1/2 of New Orleans will be without power for at least a week. Plaquemines Parish said they prepared for a Cat 2, but got worse(as rising water went over the levees and apparently flooded them).
Like reported - it caused more damage for a Cat 1 b/c of how SLOW it went(6 mph).

Officials may breach levee as Isaac storms inland

Joshua Brockhaus, an electrician who lives in the flooded area, helped rescue neighbors in his boat.
"I'm getting text messages from all over asking for help," he said. "I'm dropping my dogs off and I'm going back out there."
The hurricane's impact was a surprise for him.
"We didn't think it was going to be like that," he said. "The storm stayed over the top of us. For Katrina, we got 8 inches of water. Now we have 13 feet."

Rescuers in boats and trucks plucked a handful of people who became stranded by floodwaters in thinly populated areas of southeast Louisiana. Authorities feared many more could need help after a night of slashing rain and fierce winds that knocked out power to more than 600,000 households and businesses.
Although Isaac was much weaker than Katrina, which crippled the city in 2005, the threat of dangerous storm surges and flooding from heavy rain was expected to last all day and into the night as the immense comma-shaped storm crawled across Louisiana.

Hurricane Isaac damages could hit $1.5 billion
Economic damages could grow

Hurricane Isaac's slow, rainy march through Louisiana could cause as much as $1.5 billion in insured losses, according to one disaster modeling firm.
While comparatively modest as hurricanes go, Hurricane Isaac did wreak havoc. More than 644,000 were without power in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas, power companies told CNN. And some 100 residents had been or were in the process of being rescued from flooded homes and rooftops in coastal Plaquemines Parish, according to CNN affiliate WWL.

Eqecat, a catastrophe modeling firm, suggested onshore insured damage -- which includes residential property, commercial property, energy production and the interruption of business but excludes most flooding damage -- would run between $500 million and $1.5 billion. The firm excludes flooding because the federal government insures against flood damage for most properties.
The storm could also cause more than $500 million in damages to off-shore energy production.

At those estimates, the Category 1 Isaac, with winds that topped out at 80 mph, looked nothing like Hurricane Katrina, a Category 3 storm, with winds around 125 mph. Some 1,800 people died after that storm when New Orleans levees failed to hold back rising flood waters. Katrina caused $45 billion in private insurance damage, excluding flood losses, according to the Insurance Information Institute.
But Isaac did resemble Hurricane Gustav, a 2008 Category 2 storm that followed a similar path and caused $2 billion in insured damages.

Isaac's economic damages could grow, as the storm is only moving 10 mph and vast and spans 200 miles.
"If you're in New Orleans, as the storm moves across, you're going to be exposed to 20 hours of a long storm," said Tom Larsen, Eqecat senior vice president and product architect.
With a longer storm, the risk of flooding damage increases, said Michael Kistler, director of model solutions at RMS, another catastrophe modeling firm.
"Because of it's staying in one place a long time, there's the potential for storm surge," Kistler said. "This is not a Katrina," he added later.

Looks like this is not over...

Isaac's rising water forces more people from homes
8/29/12  LAPLACE, La. (AP) — The state sent scores of buses and dozens of high-water vehicles to help evacuate about 3,000 people from St. John the Baptist Parish after Tropical Storm Isaac pushed water from lakes Pontchartrain and Maurepas into parts of LaPlace.
Rising water closed off all main thoroughfares into the parish, which is about 30 miles west of New Orleans. In many areas, water lapped up against houses and left cars stranded. The water was being driven higher by south winds as Isaac passed to the west.

Floodwaters rose waist-high in some neighborhoods, and the Louisiana National Guard was working with sheriff's deputies to rescue people stranded in their homes and surprised by the flooding.
The floodwaters "were shockingly fast-rising, from what I understand from talking to people. It caught everybody by surprise," Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne said.
By 8 p.m. about 1,500 people had been evacuated, and Gov. Bobby Jindal's office said up to another 1,500 more were expected to leave their homes.

Dardenne said officials speculated that the fortifying of levees in other parishes along Lake Pontchartrain after Hurricane Katrina forced storm surge into new areas that had escaped flooding in past storms.
"The water's got to go somewhere, and this is where it went," he said.

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries had 30 boats in LaPlace and 20 more on the way to get people out of their homes, and the state sent 89 buses to take them to shelters in Alexandria and Shreveport, and to evacuate an assisted living facility. The National Guard had seven high-water vehicles in the parish and another 25 — as well as ten boats — on the way Wednesday night to assist the parish evacuation efforts.
With one water district flooded, the National Guard also was sending two 5,000-gallon water tankers and 35,000 bottles of water to distribute to residents. State officials sending 200 one-ton sandbags to protect the water system from floodwater contamination.

Beyond Wind & Rain: Isaac Could Stir Up Oil
8/30/12  As Tropical Storm Isaac roars over Louisiana and elsewhere on the Gulf Coast, it threatens to disrupt a fragile environment that's still recovering from BP's Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the summer of 2010.  
By disturbing the sediments in which the spilled oil is buried, near the beach and deeper in the water, the hurricane could release large quantities of oil, several researchers warn.
"This is another disaster on top of the hurricane that we're going to have to deal with," Garret Graves, chairman of Louisiana's Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, told the Huffington Post. "The threat is not insignificant."

So far there have been no reports of oil, but that isn't surprising considering most everybody is taking shelter or has evacuated the area, said Lt. Alyssa Johnson, operation officer at the National Response Center, a federal organization responsible for coordinating a response plan to environmental releases of oil or other hazardous materials. [Latest News on Isaac]

Storm surge
Isaac's storm surge, expected to reach heights of 6 to 12 feet (about 2 to 3.5 meters), could transport oil inland, where it could further affect marshlands and wildlife or come into contact with people, Graves told the Bloomberg news service. It also could flood areas containing contaminants such as pesticides, fertilizers and septic system bacteria and wash these back out into coastal waters or into groundwater, University of Florida researcher Andrew Zimmerman told OurAmazingPlanet in an email.

But it's unclear how much oil remains in Gulf sediments and along the shoreline — and how much might be stirred up.
"It could be a lot or a little," said University of Florida researcher Andrew Zimmerman.

An estimated 1 million gallons of MC 252 oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill has been distributed throughout the sediment underwater, on the beach and in marshes, according to Nanciann Regalado, speaking a spokesperson at the U.S. Department of the Interior.
"After danger to humans has passed and field teams can get into the field, samples of oil that has been exposed will be taken," Regalado told OurAmazingPlanet. If chemical analysis finds that the oil was from the Deepwater Horizon, BP may be required to clean up the oil, she added.

Exactly how far below the surface sediment and oil can be disturbed by a hurricane isn't clear, but meteorologist Jeff Masters said large hurricanes can create currents capable of mobilizing whatever oil is at the bottom.  
Nick Shay, a professor of meteorology and physical oceanography at the University of Miami, told the Huffington Post this was possible. Hurricanes can "bring whatever is near the bottom up higher in the water column, and currents can then push it towards the coast," he said.

Isaac also could worsen erosion in the area by pounding the shore with waves. According to the National Hurricane Center, Isaac is likely to cause significant erosion of 89 percent of Mississippi's beaches.
The Deepwater Horizon disaster began with a deadly blowout on April 20, 2010, and spilled an estimated 205 million gallons of crude into the Gulf. Among other damage, the oil killed marsh grasses that prevent erosion. For 18 months afterward, marsh erosion rates doubled to 10 feet (3 meters) per year, said University of Florida researcher Brian Silliman.
Most of the grass has grown back, but how it will weather this storm is unclear. Barrier islands and coastlines could be eroded, affecting nesting areas for many kinds of wildlife, including birds and turtles.

Biggest impact
The biggest environmental impact of Isaac will be erosion causing the loss of wetlands, Masters said. A 2011 study by the United States Geological Survey found that four hurricanes in the past seven years — Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike — together destroyed about 250 square miles (650 square kilometers) of Louisiana. "I expect Isaac will destroy 50-100 square miles of wetlands," or about 130 to 260 square kilometers, Masters told OurAmazingPlanet.

A spokesman for BP said the company isn't worried about Isaac. "Consistent with the past two hurricane seasons, we do not expect any significant impact of residual MC 252 oil following Hurricane Isaac," Ray Melick told the Huffington Post.
Although plants and animals are well-adapted to storms like this, Zimmerman said, they have a lowered ability to cope when they are already stressed from human activities.
Luckily, Regalado said, bird nesting season in the area is largely finished and most wintering birds haven't arrived. However, loggerhead sea turtle nesting season is in full swing, and many nests are at risk of flooding.

La. orders evacuation after Miss. dam threatened
August 30th, 2012  MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — Louisiana officials have ordered evacuation of low-lying, sparsely-populated areas along the Tangipahoa River because an Isaac-hammered dam at a state park lake in southwest Mississippi near the Louisiana border is in danger of failing.
Officials in Tangipahoa Parish, La., fear the water it would pour into the already swollen river would flood low-lying areas downstream from the park.

But Mississippi officials say they don't believe the volume of water in the 700-acre lake at Percy Quin State Park near McComb, Miss., would add enough flow to threaten communities downstream.

Jindal calls for immediate evacuation of town
915,000 customers in Arkansas, Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi have no power

The Deepwater Horizon disaster

Water released from Isaac-stressed dam
August 30, 2012  NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Isaac soaked Louisiana for yet another day and pushed more water into neighborhoods all around the city, flooding homes and forcing last-minute evacuations and rescues. New Orleans itself was spared, thanks in large part to a levee system built after Katrina.
As the storm slogged its way across the state and windy conditions calmed, the extent of some of the damage became clear. Hundreds of homes, perhaps more, were underwater, thousands of people were staying at shelters and half of the state was without power. About 500 people had to be rescued by boat or high-water vehicles, and at least two people were killed.

And the damage may not be done. Officials were releasing water from an Isaac-stressed dam at a lake near the Louisiana-Mississippi border, hoping to ease the pressure. They had also started work on a levee breach in hard-hit Plaquemines Parish. In Arkansas, power lines were downed and trees knocked over as Isaac moved into the state.
Farther south, where evacuations were ordered ahead of the storm, Isaac's unpredictable, meandering path and the amount of rain — as much as 16 inches in some places — caught many off guard.
"I was blindsided, nobody expected this," said Richard Musatchia, who left his home in LaPlace, northwest of the city.

Uncharacteristic Isaac lacked punch but not size
MIAMI (Reuters) - Meteorologists tracking Hurricane Isaac this week struggled to pin down the vexing storm's next move, variously referring to it as "disorganized" and "uncharacteristic."
For George Dubaz, a New Orleans tour guide, Isaac was simply a "pain in the ass." After two days of lost business he'd had enough of the lumbering Isaac.

"Most of them blow through and are over with. This one is just hanging around too long," Dubaz said, comparing it to "somebody that comes for Mardi Gras and they stay two weeks afterwards."
Plenty of epithets were hurled at Isaac over the last week as it made its way across the Caribbean and up the Gulf of Mexico, barreling into southern Louisiana on the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
For those in its path it proved once again the dangers of trying to second-guess a hurricane, even a weak and poorly formed Category 1 storm.
Isaac drenched south Florida, disrupting air traffic as well as delaying the Republican National Convention. It chose the seventh anniversary of Katrina to come crashing ashore south of New Orleans, and threatened to burst a dam 100 miles away in rural Mississippi.
The National Weather Service recorded 13 inches of rain in Florida's Palm Beach County, 250 miles from the cyclone's center.
Isaac trailed feeder bands, one reaching 750 miles east of New Orleans that drenched Charleston, South Carolina with 5 inches of rain, producing scenes of kayaking on downtown streets.

]Scientists at the U.S. National Hurricane Center are used to dealing with the unpredictability of Mother Nature. But even from a scientific point of view, Isaac was an odd creature, they say. Isaac's behavior was "very uncharacteristic" for a storm of its size, said Todd Kimberlain, 40, a meteorologist at the NHC.

Despite the wide expanse of its tropical force winds that spanned 400 miles at one point, Isaac struggled for days to coil into the tight formation common to powerful hurricanes.
U.S. Air Force hurricane hunter planes were recording alarmingly low pressure inside the storm, typical of an extremely dangerous Category 3 storm and on a par with Katrina. Pockets of dry air and interaction with mountains in Haiti and Cuba hampered its development, Kimberlain said.
NHC advisories constantly warned of the dangers of "life-threatening" flooding from Isaac, and predicted early on it would reach Category 1 status by landfall.
But the slow motion and large size of the storm made its impact more severe and more wide-ranging than many people might have expected from a Category 1 hurricane, NHC officials say, noting that the Saffir-Simpson scale only measures wind strength and not potential for rainfall and storm surge.

People who had prior experience of a weak hurricane might mistakenly have thought they were going to be fine, said NHC director Rick Knabb. "Don't presume that the same good fortune is going to come your way this time. Every storm is different."
Along the Gulf Coast of Mississippi flooding was much worse than expected. "Even though it was a powerful storm, we didn't see this kind of rain with Katrina," said Butch Oberhoff with the Harrison County Emergency Management Agency.

Isaac bore some similarity to Hurricane Irene, which made landfall last year as a Category 1 storm with a broad wind field that caused severe flooding as far away as Vermont.
Kimberlain said he and his fellow scientists were "hard-pressed" to find a comparable storm in recent history. "We couldn't recall one, and normally someone could," he said.

August 31, 2012 blessed rains coming on the entire state of Arkansas, suffering serious drought.

Weakened Isaac hovers over Louisiana, drenches region
Officials were pumping water from a reservoir to ease the pressure behind an Isaac-stressed dam in Mississippi on the Louisiana border. In Arkansas, power lines were downed and trees knocked over as Isaac moved north into the state.
The earthen dam on Lake Tangipahoa could unleash a 17-foot flood crest downstream in Louisiana if it were to give way, which prompted evacuations



Waters recede in Louisiana, leaving sopping mess
By STACY PLAISANCE and VICKI SMITH | Associated Press – 8/31/12

BELLE CHASE, La. (AP) — Floodwaters from Isaac receded, power came on and businesses opened Friday ahead of the holiday weekend, the beginning of what is certain to be a slow recovery for Louisiana.

Newly-nominated Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney planned a visit to flood-ravaged communities, and President Barack Obama said he would arrive Monday, appearances this part of the country is all too familiar with after Katrina and the Gulf oil spill.

Meanwhile, the leftovers from the storm push into the drought-stricken Midwest, knocking out power to thousands of people in Arkansas. At least six people were killed in the storm in Mississippi Louisiana.

In Lafitte, a fishing village south of New Orleans, Romney was going to see soaked homes, roads covered with brown water and debris-littered neighborhoods. The GOP-friendly community is outside of the federal levee system that spared New Orleans and it lay on an exposed stretch of land near the Gulf.



As Isaac pushes north, Gulf Coast slowly recovers

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — As the remnants of Hurricane Isaac pushed their way up the Mississippi valley on Saturday, spinning off severe thunderstorms and at least four tornadoes, some on the Gulf Coast were impatient with the pace of restoring power days after the storm dragged through the region.

While New Orleans streets were bustling again and workers were returning to offshore oil rigs, thousands of evacuees couldn't return home to flooded low-lying areas of Louisiana and more than 400,000 sweltering electricity customers in the state remained without power.

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service said two tornadoes touched down in rural areas of north-central Illinois and at least two touched down in rural southeast Missouri. There were no reports of damage in Illinois, and Missouri officials said some power lines caught on fire.

The weather service said the storm would bring some drought relief to parts of the Mississippi and Ohio River Valleys. By midday Saturday, it had dumped up to 5 inches of rain in parts of Illinois and between 4 and 6 inches in parts of Missouri.

In Louisiana, the number without power was down from more than 900,000. However, in heavily populated Jefferson Parish near New Orleans, parish president John Young said Entergy Corp. was too slow in restoring electricity.

"I don't see boots on the ground," said Young, who complained that he has seen repair trucks sitting idle in a staging area and fielded calls from residents and business owners complaining about a lack of progress.

"We've restored about 45 percent of our customers in about a day and a half, Entergy spokesman Chanel Lagarde said Saturday. He added that crews have come in from 24 states. "In many situations, crews have driven all day and have worked their 16-hour day and have to rest for the day."

As of Saturday night, the company was reporting about 270,000 outages, most in Jefferson and Orleans parishes.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said he too was eager to get power back on. "Like everybody else, my patience is wearing thin," he said.

On Saturday afternoon, St. Tammany Parish officials ordered a mandatory evacuation of areas south of the Pearl River diversion canal, for fear a lock on a canal will fail. Parish authorities said the order could affect anywhere from several hundred to 2,000 residents in the rural area north of Slidell, which is across Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers operates the lock. Parish spokeswoman Suzanne Parsons Stymiest said the parish got permission from the corps to relieve pressure on the structure by opening a valve that will allow a controlled flow of water through it.

Parts of coastal Plaquemines Parish, where thousands were evacuated, remained under water. The National Weather Service has said Isaac dumped anywhere from 10 to 20 inches of rain on south Louisiana and south Mississippi.

In the water-logged town of Lafitte, Mayor Tim Kerner was allowing property owners and residents to return and begin cleaning up.

Meanwhile, Gulf of Mexico oil platforms were being repopulated after Isaac forced shutdown of most Gulf oil production.

People stuck inside stuffy, powerless homes were comparatively lucky. The Louisiana governor's office said more than 4,000 were in state, local or Red Cross shelters as of Saturday morning and that doesn't count others who took refuge with friends, family or in hotels.

LaPlace resident Roshonda Girrad was staying in a state-run shelter in Alexandria, 200 miles from her home. She was waiting for the chest-deep waters in her neighborhood to recede.

"The showers are horrible. The food is horrible," Girrad said. "I'm not from around here. I don't know what's going on. We're in the dark."

Isaac dumped as much as 16 inches of rain in some spots, and about 500 people had to be rescued by boat or high-water vehicles.

In New Orleans, most of the downtown area and the French Quarter had power again Saturday. The annual Southern Decadence festival, a celebration of gay culture, was underway. And the Superdome, which sustained minor damage, hosted a Saturday night football game between Tulane and Rutgers.

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney visited flood-ravaged communities on Friday, and President Barack Obama said he would arrive Monday — appearances this part of the country is all too familiar with after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the 2010 Gulf oil spill.

To the east, officials pumped and released water from a reservoir, easing the pressure behind an Isaac-stressed dam in Mississippi on the Louisiana border. The threat for the earthen dam on Lake Tangipahoa prompted evacuations in small towns and rural areas. Authorities later said they were allowing residents to return to their homes in those areas where the flood waters have since receded.

Crews intentionally breached a levee that was strained by Isaac's floodwaters in southeast Louisiana's Plaquemines Parish, which is outside the federal levee system. Parish President Billy Nungesser said the work was slow-going.


Storm Isaac moves east while impact lingers in Louisiana
September 2, 2012  NASHVILLE, Tenn (Reuters) - As the remnants of Hurricane Isaac moved east on Sunday, bringing with it a wet Labor Day holiday weekend, the storm's impact was still being felt in Louisiana, where more than a hundred thousand people were still without power.

Entergy, Louisiana's largest power provider, said about 160,000 of the Louisiana homes and businesses it serves remained without electricity, leaving them without air conditioning under sweltering temperatures.
The storm, which was downgraded from hurricane strength last week, is headed along the drought-stricken Ohio Valley, which is due to see heavy rains on Monday, the Labor Day holiday.

From the spine of the Appalachian Mountains on west, downpours and thunderstorms could disrupt outdoor holiday activities, especially Monday afternoon and early evening, said Carl Erickson, a meteorologist with
"People might be able to sneak some plans in there, but they're going to have to watch the sky," Erickson said.
Storms are likely to continue in the northeast through the early part of the week.

Flooding, power outages persist after Isaac
9/3/12  NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Authorities say a quarter of a million customers are still without power in Louisiana and Mississippi, days after Isaac struck the Gulf Coast.
Most of those were in Louisiana, where utilities reported nearly 240,000 people without power as of Monday morning. More than 11,000 were without power in Mississippi.
Meanwhile, inspectors from the Federal Emergency Management Agency are out trying to get a handle on losses. FEMA opened a recovery center in Pascagoula, and officials say more centers could open in the coming days.
Crews also are still working to clear debris left by Isaac, mostly downed trees and power lines. So far, state workers in Louisiana have cleared 130 miles of roads.

Isaac got the corrupt GOP now may get the corruper DEMS    Laughing
Isaac May Rebound in the Northern Gulf
Sep 5, 2012  A very slow-moving disturbance, associated in part with the remnants of Isaac, will hover near the north-central Gulf Coast and cause more trouble this week.
downpours and the potential for flash flooding from part of the Louisiana coast to the Florida Panhandle.
With time, the core of the feature could wander over the northern Gulf of Mexico.


Yep, this thing has not gone away...

Tropics: Leslie and Michael strengthen, while Isaac may come back for an encore


Finally, in an unusual fashion, the remnants of Isaac may be making a comeback... over the northern Gulf coast!

Tracing the low-level circulation (850mb vorticity - area of spin about 5,000 feet aloft) over the past week reveals a complex history of what was once Hurricane Isaac. After moving inland across Louisiana, Arkansas, and Missouri, the circulation was distorted and ripped apart by a trough.

I simplified the events that transpired in the crude diagram shown here (to the right). Sometime around Monday, it appears that a part of the circulation split off to the northeast and a part split off to the south. This was not a clean separation, and someone else might analyze the circulation tracks slightly differently. But the basic point is that there is a disturbance re-entering the northern Gulf of Mexico that has some of Isaac in its “genes”. However, should this disturbance become a tropical storm, it would get a new name – Nadine – because there is not enough of Isaac’s circulation in its pedigree. As the National Hurricane Center described on its Facebook page:

There have been quite a few inquiries about whether the name “Isaac” would be given to the area of disturbed weather currently located along the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico, if it were to develop into a tropical cyclone. The short answer is no, it would get a new name.

As of this morning, the disturbance is certainly active and producing heavy rain (regional radar loop) across parts of LA, MS, AL, and FL, but the bulk of the thunderstorm activity is offshore. For the most part, model guidance suggests that it will continue to drift toward the Gulf, then get nudged back east toward northern Florida... making “landfall” this weekend. Even if it doesn’t get named or develop beyond what it is now, it should still be a big rain maker for the northeast Gulf coast over the next few days.

Hurricane Isaac sweeps tons of dead rats onto Mississippi beaches

TUPELO, Mississippi (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of rats killed by Hurricane Isaac have washed up onto the beaches of Mississippi and created a foul-smelling mess that officials say will take days to clean up.

When the hurricane lifted the tides, the water washed across the marshy areas in Louisiana where the semi-aquatic rats live and forced them to ride the waves into Mississippi until they succumbed to exhaustion and drowned, said David Yarborough, a supervisor for Hancock County on the Gulf Coast.

The tides then deposited their bodies on the Mississippi shoreline, he said.

As of Tuesday, about 16,000 of the rodents have been collected in Hancock County, where a hired contractor's clean-up efforts are expected to continue for another week, officials said.

In nearby Harrison County, officials decided to carry out the work themselves. Using shovels and pitchforks, workers have removed 16 tons of the dead rats from beaches since Saturday and taken them to a local landfill.

"We have an event called 'Cruisin' The Coast' the second week of October with 30,000 to 40,000 people on the beach, and we didn't want to wait" to clean up, said Kim Savant, president of that county's Board of Supervisors.

Although they're smelly and disgusting, the dead rats pose no health risk to humans, said Brigid Elchos of the Mississippi Board of Animal Health.

Mississippi also dealt with dead rats after Hurricanes Katrina and Gustav, but officials said the current situation seems especially bad.

The beaches are closed to the public, but Yarborough said people have come anyway to see the littered beaches. The visitors usually don't stay long, possibly because the odor is intense on the shore and discernible from up to three miles away, he said.

In addition to the rats, workers also found dead hogs, deer, coyotes, snakes and rabbits on the beaches.

(Editing by David Adams and Philip Barbara)


Thousands file flood insurance claims after Isaac

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Thousands of flood insurance claims are being filed in the wake of Hurricane Isaac, a slow-moving storm that hammered several parishes in southern Louisiana with prolonged, drenching rains and tropical-storm force winds, leaving water damage in parishes that don't typically experience flooding, officials said Tuesday.

Commissioner of Insurance James Donelon said three parishes — St. Tammany, Plaquemines and St. John the Baptist — experienced an unusual amount of flooding. He said only 31 percent of Louisiana residents have flood insurance. The storm straddled the region for days last week, swamping homes with water up to four feet deep in some areas.

Donelon has issued an emergency rule to prevent late fees, penalties, cancellations or non-renewals on insurance policies from hitting policyholders affected by Hurricane Isaac. The emergency order also allows residents with health insurance coverage to qualify for out-of-network medical care if they are stranded in places away from their usual providers.

Flood damage is not covered by standard homeowners and renters insurance policies, but coverage is available as a separate policy under a federal program, the National Flood Insurance Program. The cost of flood insurance is set by federal officials and varies from location to location. Officials say flooding is the most expensive and most common natural disaster. Early estimates indicate at least 13,000 homes were damaged by Isaac.


Hurricane Isaac Spreads Tar Balls Buried Since 2010 BP Oil Spill
September 7, 2012
 New Orleans
Waves of Isaac hurricane uncovered oil that had been formerly buried along the beaches across the Gulf Coast, exposing the crude that was not properly cleaned up following the Deepwater Horizon spill in April 2010.
Since the hurricane made its landfall, the water that has been retreated by the storm and oil and tar balls washed up by it have been found on Alabama and Louisiana shores. In Louisiana, officials closed approximately 13 miles of a beach.
BP said some of the oil found after the hurricane was from the 2010 spill, but not all. According to the company, the remaining oil might be coming from different other sources.

Deepwater oil disaster in Gulf of Mexico

One Year After Isaac: Braithwaite, Louisana Remains a Ghost Town

Isaac barely had hurricane-strength winds when it blew ashore southwest of New Orleans a year ago, but its effects are still apparent in coastal areas where it flooded thousands of homes. After landfall on Aug 28, 2012, Isaac stalled, dumping more than a foot of rain and churning a monstrous storm surge. Water flowed over levees and destroyed homes and businesses in coastal Louisiana and Mississippi.

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