Hurricane Isaac hits Coastal US, causes Heavy Damage
TNI Bureau: Hurricane Isaac continued to create havoc with heavy rainfall that caused widespread floods in the United States. People suffered a lot without electricity in Louisiana and Mississippi.
The storm triggered floods near New Orleans two days ago affecting the normal life in the region. Many people left their houses and moved to safe places before the storm hit some parts of the US.
While New Orleans’ Audubon Park recorded 18.7 inches of rain in a 24-hour, other areas in Louisiana and Mississippi recorded more than 10 inches of rain on Thursday.
The heavy rain and wind caused damaged as TV visuals showed that trees have fallen down and the residents had to live without power. Authorities said that the Port of New Orleans and the city’s airport were ready to reopen on Friday.
The storm caused worst floods in the region Plaquemines Parish, southwest of New Orleans, leaving many houses under about 12 feet of water.
The officials had on late Thursday had confirmed the death of a couple in Braithwaite. The couple drowned in their home when it was marooned. Earlier, one death was reported from Mississippi when the man died after being hit by a falling tree.
Isaac killed at least 23 people in Haiti and the Dominican Republic before it moved towards the US.
Even the disaster triggered a slip in crude oil prices on Thursday after major oil facilities on the Gulf of Mexico were hit due to Hurricane Isaac.
However, the heavy rain brought a huge relief for the farmers, who had been suffering from the worst drought for more than 50 years in the central U.S. Midwest.