Storm Isaac to be downgraded

Tropical storm Isaac is forecast to become a tropical depression by the National Hurricane Centre later today. The Mayor of New Orleans has enforced a dawn-to-dusk curfew as Isaac continues to lash the city.

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Isaac storm surges and floods to last into the night

  • The US National Hurricane Center says storm surges and flooding are expected to last into the night
  • Isaac is now crawling from the Gulf Coast over Louisiana
  • The storm drove a wall of water nearly 11 feet high inland
  • More than 9 inches of rain had fallen by 12pm UK time
  • Flood protections system are holding up so far
  • US Army to remain on high alert for the next 12 to 24 hours
  • Power knocked out to more than 500,000 homes across southern Louisiana, most of them in New Orleans

Dozens of homes submerged south of New Orleans

The area of Plaquemines lies to the south of New Orleans. Recent images show that dozens of homes have been submerged.

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