As Hurricane Isaac hits Louisiana and Mississippi, roughly 1.2 million have been left without power, 591,000 in Louisiana alone. LA Gov. Bobby Jindal said in a news conference today that officials are considering blowing a hole in the levee protecting Plaquemines Parish in order to reduce pressure on the levee system as a whole.
So far there have been widespread reports of downed trees and power lines and major flooding in parts not protected by the new levees built.
Analyst with oil futures are beginning to predict oil prices will rise as a result of oil drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico being shut down and evacuated and with the explosion of a major oil refinery in Venezuela, a country that exports to the U.S. and is part of OPEC.
Over 60 oil drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico have shut down production and are evacuating employees from the drilling platforms as Tropical Storm Isaac takes aim at New Orleans.
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The Republican National Convention opened at 2:00pm today highlighting a debt clock that is counting the United States' debt as it accrues since the start of the convention.
Immediately after the opening, the convention went into recess due to the weather affects of Tropical Storm Isaac.
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Tropical Storm Isaac has slowed down significantly as the center of the storm approaches the coastline of Louisiana near Grand Isle. Though disorganization has kept Isaac from becoming a hurricane so far, Isaac carries with it major rainfall coving a large area and flooding is likely and considered the biggest threat at this time.
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As the 2012 hurricane season swings into actions, are you prepared? Here's a list of things you should do, some you already know and some you may have forgotten about.
BEFORE THE STORM
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Be sure to gather insurance documents for your home, car and other insured property. Put them into a waterproof safe location, such as a Ziplock bag packed into your emergency escape supplies. Don't forget to get vaccination certificates for your pets, social security card, birth certificates, marriage certificate, and if you have a will, bring pack that also.
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Tropical Storm Isaac has continued its growth over the last 24 hours and now has max sustained winds of 45mph. Forecasters are predicting Isaac to become a hurricane and Florida sits directly in its track.
Isaac is currently heading west at 19mph and is about 205 miles from Guadeloupe with a minimum central pressure of 1004mb. Nearly all of the Caribbean islands are now under a tropical storm warning, while Puerto Rico, British Virgin Islands an the Dominican Republic are under a hurricane watch.