Hurricane Isaac slams American Gulf Coast

Satellite image of Hurricane Isaac, 28 August 2012 (NOAA/Reuters)

Hurricane Isaac made landfall early tonight along the American Gulf Coast, about 145 km southeast of New Orleans, Louisiana.

Forecasters say a dangerous storm surge is expected from the Category 1 hurricane which is packing winds near 130 km/h.

Many residents along the low-lying coast boarded up their homes Tuesday and moved inland.

Residents of New Orleans were allowed to stay put and were assured that levees reinforced after Hurricane Katrina could easily withstand the storm.


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