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Isaac Stalled Atop New Orleans, Levees Overflow


The Daily Banter Headline Grab (via The Washington Post):

NEW ORLEANS — Hurricane Isaac pounded through southeastern Louisiana on Wednesday with 80 mph winds that sent water gushing over levees in marshy Plaquemines Parish and knocked out power to more than 500,000 homes and businesses.

The storm is moving at an agonizingly slow pace, meaning parts of the state may be pelted for 36 to 48 hours by heavy rains that could cause devastating floods. Power and rescue crews were standing by in many locations, waiting for driving rain and high winds to subside.

“Isaac is testing everyone’s patience with its slow movement through south Louisiana,” said Bill Mohl, the president and chief executive of Entergy, the state’s largest electric utility. “We are ready to mount a counterattack to Isaac’s onslaught just as soon as the weather allows us to do so.”

National Hurricane Center director Richard Knabb told staff at the Federal Emergency Management Agency in Washington that Isaac’s classification as a Category 1 hurricane may not fully communicate the danger it could pose.

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