Hurricane emergency in Mississippi

2012-08-28 22:25

Washington - US President Barack Obama on Tuesday declared a state of emergency in a second state, Mississippi, to cope with the expected impact of Hurricane Isaac.

The move followed a similar declaration for Louisiana issued on Tuesday and came as parts of Mississippi and neighbouring states were placed under hurricane and tropical storm warnings.

Declaring a state of emergency allows a president to authorise the Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema) and other government departments to co-ordinate disaster relief efforts.

Isaac was upgraded on Tuesday to hurricane status and was on track for New Orleans seven years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the "Big Easy" and killed 1 800 people across the US Gulf Coast.

The storm was expected to make landfall later in the day.