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Isaac becomes full-blown hurricane as it nears New Orleans on Katrina anniversary

Posted by satyrikon στο Αυγούστου 28, 2012

Originally posted on National Post | News:

NEW ORLEANS — Slowing-moving Tropical Storm Isaac gained full-blown Hurricane status as closed in on the U.S. Gulf Coast on Tuesday and was expected to make landfall in the New Orleans area seven years after the city was devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

Isaac’s winds, rain and storm surge could pose a major test of New Orleans’ new flood control systems and reinforced levees. Forecasts from the U.S. National Hurricane Center showed the storm coming ashore late on Tuesday.

Energy companies evacuated offshore oil rigs and shut down U.S. Gulf Coast refineries as the storm threatened to batter the oil refining belt. As markets mulled Isaac’s potential to tighten fuel supplies, prices for international benchmark Brent crude were up 46¢ to $112.72 a barrel in early Tuesday activity.

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