Hurricane Isaac (2012) is the ninth tropical cyclone, which has originated off the west coast of Africa. The Golf coasts of the United States is the worst-hit part, and this hurricane has dumped more than a foot of rain in some places.
Seven years after Hurricane Katrina and Levee, Hurricane Isaac is currently affecting the Plaquemines Parish, La., the finger of land that follows the Mississippi River. Hurricane Isaac developed from a tropical wave, which was located at the east of Lesser Antilles on August 21, and it has gradually strengthened into a tropical storm.
Hurricane Isaac entered into Hispaniole and Cuba as a strong tropical storm and took the lives of 29 people, as it entered Gulf of Mexico. This tropical storm reached the hurricane strength on August 28 and made its first landfall in the US at 6:45 pm in the evening near Mississippi river and second time it affected the Port Fourchon, Louisiana.
“We’ve never seen anything like this, not even Katrina,” said a visibly rattled Billy Nungesser, the parish president, reported nytimes. The trees are fallen, the streets are flooded up and three fourth of the city is without power, and this will continue till the wind dies. The National Hurricane Center is expecting that the storm will drop as 25 inches of rain in some area.
The other deadliest Hurricane that hit the United State in the past are the Great Galveston Hurricane of 1900, it was the biggest Hurricane that ever hit the United States, it caused about 8000 to 12000 deaths. The second deadliest Hurricane was the 1928 Okeechobee Hurricane, and it claimed about 2500-3000 lives. The next deadliest Hurricane was Hurricane Katrina of 2005, which killed about 1500 people.
The damage caused by the Hurricane Issac is expected to be around $1.5 billion in insured losses, according to a disaster modeling firm. Hurricane Isaac somewhat resembles Hurricane Gustav, a 2008 Category 2 storm, that caused $2 billion in insured damages. The damage caused by Hurricane Isaac may increase, says Michael Kistler, director of model solutions at RMS, another catastrophe modeling firm.