Isaac becoming hurricane

2012-08-28 19:56
A concerned neighbour checks on a car as a storm surge from Isaac pushes into Panama City, Florida. (Andrew Wardlow, AP/The News Herald/Panama City, Fla.)

A concerned neighbour checks on a car as a storm surge from Isaac pushes into Panama City, Florida. (Andrew Wardlow, AP/The News Herald/Panama City, Fla.)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Washington - Tropical storm Isaac was on the verge of becoming a hurricane on Tuesday as it barrelled through the Gulf of Mexico toward New Orleans and the surrounding Gulf coast on the seventh anniversary of the Hurricane Katrina disaster.

Isaac is set to make landfall as a category 1 hurricane, with its centre near or over the Louisiana coast tonight or early Wednesday, according the US National Hurricane Centre (NHC) in Miami.

At 09:00 GMT, the slow-moving storm was travelling at 19km/h with maximum wind speeds of 110km/h, the NHC said.
The greatest risks will come from rainfall and the "significant" storm surges, according to the NHC, with the water level around New Orleans rising 2 to 3m.

Local authorities ordered evacuations from low-lying regions both inland and on the coast.

The threatened area is the same stretch of coast devastated by Hurricane Katrina. It struck almost exactly seven years ago - on 29 August  2005 - killing more than 1 800 people and displacing thousands in New Orleans and other parts of the region.

Katrina blasted New Orleans as a category 3 storm and became the costliest natural disaster the United States had ever experienced and one of the five deadliest hurricanes in US history.

Officials say that $10bn of improvement have been made to the levee and dam system that failed in 2005.
Read more on:    us  |  weather

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Weird things dogs do

Caught your dog doing something... well a little bit odd? Don’t worry, there’s a simple explanation for his behaviour.



Makeover saves dog’s life
For the love of Corgis!
Can we communicate with our pets?
8 great natural remedies for your pet
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.