Hurricane Isaac Makes Landfall, Threatening Flooding in New Orleans
New Orleans, August 29 (RHC)-- Hurricane Isaac has made landfall in southern Louisiana and headed toward New Orleans on the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The Category 1 storm produced winds of at least 80 miles per hour and is expected to bring heavy flooding.
It will mark the most serious test of New Orleans’ rebuilt levees. At least 200,000 people lost power throughout the Gulf Coast area, and some 50,000 were slated to evacuate New Orleans.
Authorities warned of the potential of major damage from flooding by Isaac. While the storm system is not as powerful as Hurricane Katrina -- which hit New Orleans seven years ago today -- the storm is still packing strong winds and lots of water, posing a threat to area residents and property.