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Tops Louisiana Levee on Katrina Anniversary
Reuters (Wed 7:30 am ET): Isaac drove water over the top of a levee on the outskirts of New Orleans on Wednesday, triggering life-threatening flooding seven years to the day after Hurricane Katrina.
Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser said about 2,000 residents of the area had been ordered to evacuate but only about half were confirmed to have gotten out before Isaac brought driving winds and rain beginning late on Tuesday.
“On the east bank right now, we have reports of people on their roofs and attics and 12 to 14 foot of water (in their homes),” Nungesser told CNN. “This storm has delivered more of a punch than people thought.”
(Wed 12:00 am ET): Hurricane Isaac has moved back over water and is expected to make a second landfall (Associated Press). … National Hurricane Center Advisory: “ISAAC MOVING SLOWLY ALONG THE COAST OF SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA AND PRODUCING A DANGEROUS STORM SURGE.”
TUESDAY NIGHT: First Landfall
USA Today (Tue 10:35 pm ET): Isaac, upgraded from tropical storm to Category 1 hurricane, touched land in Plaquemines Parish, about 90 miles southeast of New Orleans Tuesday evening before heading back over the Gulf of Mexico. … The National Weather Service issued a warning of “life-threatening flooding” possible outside hurricane protection levees and in areas around Lakes Pontchartrain and Maurepas.
Washingtington Post: The long duration of this event means the impacts may not be immediately apparent but will manifest themselves gradually as rainfall totals mount and increase flooding and winds continuously weaken trees and vulnerable structures. The storm appears as strong and healthy as it has been and there are no signs of imminent weakening.
Dave Barry: “The Republican convention finally got going on Tuesday with a parade of speakers taking the stage to express the official theme of the evening:’Mitt Romney: You’re Darned Tooting He’s Human!’” (National Journal)
From my notebook:
- Keynoter Chris Christie treated Romney like the embarrassing relative who had to be mentioned because you might be in his will.
- Go for it GOP, picking on teachers worked so well for Bob Dole.
- Hypnotized by blue martini haze behind GOP speakers. Stare long enuf and Ryan budget numbers almost add up.
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