Isaac lashes New Orleans

2012-08-29 14:00

New Orleans — Hurricane Isaac is lashing New Orleans as it approaches, and it is pushing flood waters over a rural levee south of the city, where authorities believe some people may be trapped.

The US National Hurricane Centre says the storm's centre early on Wednesday was about 80km south-southwest of New Orleans and moving slowly.

The storm is hitting seven years to the day after the devastating Hurricane Katrina, but it is far less strong.

Authorities say a storm surge topped a 29-km stretch of flood wall in a thinly populated part of Plaquemines Parish. The levee is not part of New Orleans' defences.

Plaquemines officials believe some people may be trapped in their homes. Strong wind was hampering rescue efforts.

  • mike.dufham.7 - 2012-08-29 14:11

    The peoples' 7 yearly bath

  • stirrer.stirrer - 2012-08-29 14:14

    There was a house in New Orleans.

  • christina.setloboko - 2012-08-29 14:21

    wonder who comes up with hurricane names.

  • joubert.heymans - 2012-08-29 14:54

    If South Africa had such natural disasters, we as a country won't survive

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