Parts of Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana are still under water tonight three days after Hurricane Issac hit the state.
The Braithwaite levees in the parish were built to withstand tidal waters, not storm surge, and that means there is no where for the floodwater to drain out to relieve the area. FULL POST
As Tropical Storm Isaac gained strength in the Gulf of Mexico over the weekend Anderson flew from the Republican National Convention in Tampa to New Orleans.
On Tuesday, shortly after 11 a.m. CDT Isaac was upgraded to a Category 1 storm according to the National Hurricane Center. At 6:45 p.m. CDT the National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated that Isaac made a first landfall along the coast of southeast Louisiana in the marshland of Plaquemines Parish, southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River, with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph. After wobbling back over the water near the mouth of the Mississippi River, Isaac then made a second landfall at about 2 a.m. CDT near Port Fourchon, 60 miles southeast of New Orleans, according to an early morning update by the National Hurricane Center.
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Watch 7p – 12a ET for live coverage of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. Anderson Cooper reports live tonight on Hurricane Isaac from the Mississippi riverfront in New Orleans. At 1 a.m. ET tune in to see "Best of the RNC Convention Speeches". FULL POST
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Tropical Storm Alex approached hurricane strength early Tuesday as it churned off the northwestern coast of Mexico's Yucatan peninsula in the Bay of Campeche, the National Hurricane Center said.
Alex was moving faster to the north-northwest, the Hurricane Center said at 8 a.m. ET, noting that the storm now was advancing at 12 miles per hour. At 5 a.m., the storm had been reported moving at 8 miles per hour.
The storm continued to move away from the massive BP oil catastrophe near the Louisiana coast in the northern Gulf of Mexico.
A hurricane warning has been issued for the Gulf Coast from Baffin Bay, Texas, to La Cruz, Mexico. A hurricane warning means that hurricane conditions and tropical storm-force winds are expected in the forecast area within 36 hours.
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