Hurricane Isaac makes landfall

Hurricane Isaac makes landfall

The National Hurricane Centre, in the US, says Hurricane Isaac has weakened to a tropical storm.

It comes after floodwaters from Hurricane Isaac, jumped a levee on the outskirts of New Orleans overnight, but the multibillion-dollar barriers built to protect the city itself, after the 2005 Katrina disaster, were not breached, according to officials.

Despite the downgrade, an agricultural meteorologist says torrential rain from Tropical Storm Isaac threatens the soybean and rice crops, in the Deep South of the US.

Meanwhile a disaster modeller says Hurricane Isaac has caused up to $1 billion dollars in economic losses, for offshore energy properties and up to $1.5 billion dollars in insured losses, onshore in Louisiana and neighbouring states.

Tropical storm Isaac still threatens to flood oil refineries and towns in Louisiana and neighbouring Mississippi, with a deluge of rain and top sustained winds, up to 113 kilometres per hour.

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