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Tropical Storm Isaac at Night, Before It Knocked Lousiana's Lights Out

7887309206_97ea68fd5a_cTropical Storm Isaac, August 28. Photo: NASA

The city lights all appear on as Tropical Storm Isaac nears the Gulf Coast in this satellite image taken just after midnight on August 28. It was a different story last night, after Isaac morphed into a Category 1 Hurricane and hovered near land. Its 80 mile-per-hour winds and torrential rains left 520,000 people in Lousiana without power, according to The New York Times.

The storm, which killed 29 people in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, has been bobbing, weaving, and then sitting along Louisiana's coast. It moves and then stops, as if trying to test the $14-billion, 133-mile levee infrastructure installed by the Army Corp of Engineers after Katrina by throwing up storm surges and wind from different angles in concentrated bursts.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami expects Isaac to pass over Lousiana today and tomorrow before moving over Arkansas.

The worst damage in the United States has occurred in Plaquemines Parish, which had a nearby levee breached by storm surge earlier today, on the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's landfall.

"On the east bank right now, we have reports of people on their roofs and attics and 12 to 14 foot (3.6-4.2 meters) of water (in their homes)," Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser told CNN. "This storm has delivered more of a punch than people thought."

—Joe Spring

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