Hurricane Isaac Bears Down on New Orleans, Louisiana

Hurricane Isaac Bears Down on New Orleans, Louisiana

Thousands of people have fled the US city of New Orleans as Hurricane Isaac makes its slow approach.

The hurricane will hit the Louisiana city exactly seven years after it was devastated by Hurricane Katrina, but it is a much less powerful storm.

The city has closed its new floodgates in a bid to protect it from the effects of high waters brought by sustained winds of up to 80mph; however sea water has already breached a levee in a town to the south of the city.

It is reported that water was running over an 18-mile stretch of the levee and some homes were flooded.

Debris is starting to be tossed around on Canal Street, as roadworks are being pulled apart by the high winds and trees are shaken almost from their roots, while some areas have lost power already.

Isaac killed at least 24 people as it passed over Haiti and the Dominican Republic earlier this week, and has also caused significant flooding and damage across the Caribbean.

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