Hurricane Isaac's Slow Wet Crawl Brings Floods, Power Outages

This image provided by NOAA shows hurricane Isaac taken at 10:45 p.m. EDT Tuesday Aug. 28, 2012. Hurricane Isaac spun into the southern Louisiana coast late Tuesday.(AP/NOAA)
This image provided by NOAA shows hurricane Isaac taken at 10:45 p.m. EDT Tuesday Aug. 28, 2012. Hurricane Isaac spun into the southern Louisiana coast late Tuesday.(AP/NOAA)

Hurricane Isaac hit the shore early Wednesday with winds at 80 miles per hour. It then stalled for several hours with high gusts and horizontal rain before resuming its slow journey inland, and that pace has Gulf coast officials and residents worried.

Hurricane Katrina survivor Bonnie Chortler of Waveland, Miss. told the AP, "A slow storm can cause a lot more havoc, a lot more long-term power outage, 'cause it can knock down just virtually everything if it just hovers forever." Coastal officials say until the storm moves on, the high water from the storm surge can't move back out. The lingering storm is putting pressure on levees and emergency response systems all along the Gulf coast.

The Washington Post: Hurricane Isaac Slams Louisiana Coast; Waters Exceed Levee In Plaquemines Parish

Guest:

  • Manuel Roig-Franzia, Washington Post Reporter

This segment aired on August 29, 2012. The audio for this segment is not available.

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