Trophical Storm Isaac hits rural residents across Louisiana

Trophical Storm Isaac brought widespread flooding to the US Gulf, but the elaborate and costly defences built to protect New Orleans after Hurricane Katriona seven years ago appear to have protected it from the worst harm so far.

Residents in rural Louisiana have been hit hard, with many having to be rescued from homes they did not evacuate from.

Though clearly not as strong as Katrina, the government is urging people to stay vigilant. Craig Fugate, director of Federal Emergency Management Agency said:

"There is no such thing as "just" a tropical storm. You have significant weather impacts still to occur"

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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.