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A stop light hangs down during strong wind and rain as Hurricane Isaac pushes into the New Orleans metro area in Metairie, Louisiana, August 29, 2012. Hurricane Isaac drove water over the top of a levee on the outskirts of New Orleans on Wednesday, but the multibillion-dollar barriers built to protect the city itself after the 2005 Katrina disaster were not breached, officials said. REUTERS/Sean Gardner
The Category 1 Hurricane Isaac hit New Orleans exactly seven years after New Orleans was hit by Hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2005.
So far the new barriers built to protect the city after the 2005 Katrina disaster has not been breached.
Anyway a levee on the outskirts of New Orleans has been breached on Wednesday.
Emergency management officials in low-lying Plaquemines Parish reported the over topping of an 8-foot (2.4-meter) high levee between the Braithwaite and White Ditch districts southeast of New Orleans.
There are reports of people on their roofs and attics and 12 to 14 foot of water in their homes.
The greatest concern is an expected storm surge of between 6 and 12 feet off the Louisiana and Mississippi coasts, 4 to 8 feet along the Alabama coast and 2 to 4 feet on the Florida Panhandle.
Storm surge is when hurricane winds raise sea levels off the coast, causing flooding on land.
Farther south, water was pushed over a rural levee and flooded some homes.
Beach front roads were under water, and more than a half-million people had lost power in Louisiana.
People play in the storm surge from Hurricane Isaac, on Lakeshore Drive along Lake Pontchartrain, as the storm nears land, in New Orleans, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Bay St. Louis, Miss., fireman David Stefano reacts as he and other first responders use an airboat to reach a house fire Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. Isaac’s rainfall flooded a number of streets in this Bay St. Louis subdivision, preventing firemen from responding quickly to the fire that destroyed a house. (AP Photo/Holbrook Mohr)
People sit on a bench along the seawall in the storm surge from Isaac, on Lakeshore Drive along Lake Pontchartrain, as the storm approaches landfall, in New Orleans, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
A storm surge pounds the seawall along Lake Pontchartrain as Isaac makes landfall. (AP)
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10-year-olds Joshua Keegan (L) and Ruffin Henry (C) play with Scout in a flooded area outside of the levee system along the shores of Lake Pontchartrain as Hurricane Isaac approaches New Orleans, Louisiana August 28, 2012. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman
Hurricane Isaac crashed ashore in southeast Louisiana on Tuesday, bringing high winds and heavy rain.
Nearly 70,000 people in Louisiana were without electricity.
On Tuesday, some parts of Louisiana’s low-lying Plaquemines Parish were already flooded.
The effects of the large, slow moving storm have already been felt along the coast lines of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.
Large storm surge caused flood in Louisiana and winds gusted to 99.7793 kilometers per hour (62 miles per hour) in New Orleans.
On Tuesday morning, engineers closed the new floodgate at Lake Borgne, east of New Orleans, for the first time.
It is largest storm-surge barrier in the world.
Hurricane Isaac is predicted to hit New Orleans almost exactly seven years after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans on August 29, 2005 killing more than 1,800 people and causing billions of dollars of damage.
People were urged to leave the low-lying areas in Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana because the hurricane could flood towns and cities in, with a storm surge of up to 12 feet high!
Before turning into a hurricane, Tropical Storm Issac had already killed at least 23 people in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
Residents gather to watch the ocean’s surf as Hurricane Isaac approaches Gulfport, Mississippi, August 28, 2012. REUTERS/Michael Spooneybarger
L’Rena Anderson leans into the wind as she walks along the beach on Okaloosa Island in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. Anderson was among many local residents who turned out to watch the effects of Hurricane Isaac as it churns through the Gulf of Mexico toward an expected landfall in Louisiana. (AP Photo/Northwest Florida Daily News, Devon Ravine)
An unidentified Okaloosa County Deputy Sheriff stands next to the Jetty East condominium in Destin, Fla., Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012 as a wave crashes over the buildings boardwalk. Although Isaac is expected to make landfall in Louisiana, the storm still pounded shorelines along Northwest Florida as it moved through the Gulf of Mexico. (AP Photo/Northwest Florida Daily News, Devon Ravine)
A man runs back from the end of a jetty as waves whipped up by Tropical Storm Isaac crash around him in Bal Harbour, Fla. Forecasters predicted Isaac would intensify into a Category 1 hurricane later Monday or Tuesday with top sustained winds of between 74 and 95 mph. The center of its projected path took Isaac directly toward New Orleans on Wednesday, but hurricane warnings extended across some 330 miles from Morgan City, La., to Destin, Fla. It could become the first hurricane to hit the Gulf Coast since 2008. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)