Top news coming in to a warm San Francisco today is about Hurricane Isaac.
Hurricane Isaac has now reached landfall. It came ashore in Louisiana and over 100,000 customers are now without power as the hurricane makes its way toward New Orleans.
Eerily, Hurricane Isaac has hit landfall almost 7 years after Hurricane Katrina caused massive devastation in the area.
Many have already left the region, after President Obama warned that people should take Hurricane Isaac “seriously.”
The arrival of Hurricane Isaac in New Orleans will put to the test a new levee system that was installed in the area after Hurricane Katrina. Forecasters say, however, that Hurricane Isaac is not as strong as Hurricane Katrina was.
San Francisco resident, Alice Marshall, says: “I am so glad that the new levee system is in place, that must be a huge relief for residents there. Still, it can’t be a good situation for anyone in the area and I know they must all be worried about the possible damage that could ensue.”
In addition to structural damage and flooding, another outcome of Hurricane Isaac is likely to be higher prices at the pump. Gas prices, because of Hurricane Isaac, are likely to rise 10 cents a gallon over the next week.
See the full story here on ABC 7 News in San Francisco:
NEW ORLEANS — Forecasters warn that the worst is yet to come from Hurricane Isaac as it heads for New Orleans.
The Category 1 hurricane is slow-moving and is unleashing fierce winds and soaking rains that have knocked out power to more than 100,000 customers.
Many New Orleans residents have decided to stay put, but evacuations were ordered in low-lying areas of Louisiana and Mississippi.
Hurricane Isaac came ashore in Louisiana, just hours shy of the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, with winds near 80 mph. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the storm’s center reached land at 6:45 p.m. in Plaquemines Parish, about 90 miles southeast of New Orleans.
While not as powerful as Katrina, Isaac threatens to flood the coasts of four states with storm surge and heavy rains on its way to New Orleans, where residents have been hunkering down behind levees fortified after Katrina struck. Isaac also promises to test a New Orleans levee system bolstered after the catastrophic failures during Katrina.
The storm has closed airports in New Orleans and tourists have retreated to hotels. But there’s been little fear or panic in the city. Resident Margaret Thomas says, “Isaac is the son of Abraham.”
She says, “It’s a special name that means ‘God will protect us’.”
Source: ABC 7 News
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