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On Saturday August 27, 2011, Hurricane Irene was a deadly category one storm when it made landfall at 8:00 am (1200 GMT) at Cape Lookout, North Carolina, near a chain of barrier islands.
At least eight people were killed so far.
Irene knocked out power supplies for some 900,000 people, triggered the cancellation of more than 8,000 flights, and forced nearly two million people to evacuate.
The floodgate at the Morganza Spillway in Morganza, Louisiana, was opened on Saturday, May 14, 2011.
After 3 days, the water from the flooded Mississippi River has reached places like Butte LaRose and St. Landry Parish at the northern end of the basin, putting some houses underwater.
Towns and crop lands along the Atchafalaya River basin that are in the path of the diverted flood waters could be flooded as high as 20 feet in coming days.
On Tuesday, the Coast Guard closed a 15-mile stretch of the Mississippi River at Natchez, Mississippi, north of New Orleans.
Vessels were blocked from heading toward the Gulf of Mexico and from returning north after dropping off their freight.
These barges carry corn, wheat, soybean and others from the Midwest to ports near New Orleans, where they get loaded onto huge grain carriers to be exported around the world.
Below are photos of the flooding along the Mississippi River.
- Water rushes over dirt roads inside the Morganza Floodway as water from the flowing floodway heads south near Krotz Springs, Louisiana, May 17, 2011. (REUTERS/Sean Gardner)
Forecasters say the Mississippi River could crest late Monday at Memphis, Tennessee.
Mayor AC Wharton said that despite the tightened timeframe, he’s confident that precautions such as door-to-door warnings have prepared the city.
Some area in Memphis are already flooded and lots of people had already moved to safer places.
Is it true that the levee along the Mississippi River made the flooding even worse?
I am very sad to see so many people lost their houses and farmlands in the floods, storms and tornadoes.
Tropical Cyclone Ului is expected to hit North Queensland, Australia early Sunday.
It is expected to cause strong winds of 170 km per hour (105 miles per hour) and heavy rains.
Strong winds can damage tress, plants and not very strong houses.
The heavy rains can cause flooding.
There may be very high waves too as what happened in Fiji during Tropical Cyclone Tomas.
Tropical Cyclone Ului hit Solomon Islands earlier this week.
It caused floods and the strong winds damaged and destroyed homes, plants and trees.
People in the areas may have to move so that they won’t be hit by the storm.
I think that somebody should help them to move from there by super sonic jets.
Super sonic jets can fly faster!