Isaac leaves misery in its wake

NASHVILLE — As the remnants of Hurricane Isaac moved east yesterday, bringing with it a wet Labour Day holiday weekend, the storm’s impact was still being felt in Louisiana, where more than a hundred thousand people were still without power.

Entergy, Louisiana’s largest power provider, said about 160,000 of the Louisiana homes and businesses it serves remained without electricity, leaving them without air conditioning under sweltering temperatures.

The storm, which was downgraded from hurricane strength last week, is headed along the drought-stricken Ohio Valley, which was expecting to see heavy rains today, the Labour Day holiday.

Storms are likely to continue in the northeast through the early part of the week.

Obama visits

President Barack Obama visited Louisiana today – one day before the Democratic National Convention kicks off in Charlotte, North Carolina. The White House has said Obama will visit first responders and survey the damage from Isaac.

Isaac was the first hurricane to strike the United States this year and it hit New Orleans almost exactly seven years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city, causing an estimated 1,800 deaths.

At least five deaths in Louisiana and two in neighbouring Mississippi were blamed on Isaac and both states suffered from widespread flooding, authorities said.

Mixed blessing

Isaac was expected to be a mixed blessing for the drought-parched Midwest farm belt, since experts said its rains came too late for this season’s crop of corn and most soybeans.

The worst drought in nearly half a century remains deeply entrenched across nearly two thirds of the United States. (Reuters)

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