Seven years ago today, Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, killing 1,833 people and causing $108 billion in damages. It was the costliest hurricane in U.S. history, flooding 80 percent of New Orleans and the surrounding area.
This morning, New Orleans and the Gulf Coast are responding to Hurricane Isaac. The storm has already killed 24 in Haiti and five in the Dominican Republican. The Category 1 storm made landfall at 6:45 PM last night near the mouth of the Mississippi River, driving a wall of water nearly 11 feet high.
At this hour it is headed toward New Orleans, where forecasters say the city’s skyscrapers could feel gusts up to 100 mph. More than 400,000 homes in the area are without power. The storm is expected to pass west of the city with winds close to 80 mph, then head for Baton Rouge. Some people are staying in their homes while others have retreated to shelters, but most are remaining calm. All need our prayers today.