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.
After hitting Florida Keys with strong winds and rain on Sunday, Tropical Storm Isaac is now moving towards New Orleans.
It was reported that Tropical Storm Isaac had killed eight people in Haiti including three children and three people were missing in the Dominican Republic.
Isaac is forecast to become a hurricane by either late Monday or Tuesday and then strengthen to a Category 2 Hurricane.
A hurricane warning was issued for the Gulf Coast from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle, including New Orleans.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in an advisory that it might reach New Orleans and the the Gulf Coast on or near the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
I was in Chicago when Hurricane Katrina lashed New Orleans on August 29, 2005 but I cannot really remember the details because I was only 2 years old at that time.
Hurricane Katrina killed more than 1,800 people and causing billions of dollars of damage to the Gulf Coast.
Tropical Storm Isaac lashed Cuba on Saturday.
It brought strong wind and heavy rain.
No deaths or injuries were reported.
Tropical Storm Isaac brought heavy rains to Dominican Republic and Haiti on Friday.
It bore down on Haiti’s southern peninsula early Saturday.
It may cause deadly flash floods and mudslides in Haiti because so much of the country is deforested.
Tropical Storm Isaac hit the Caribbean and it strengthened on Friday as its lashing rains took aim at Haiti.
It is not expected to become a hurricane until it reach the Gulf of Mexico early next week.
Forecasters said Isaac would hit Cuba and the southern tip of Florida before making landfall anywhere from the Florida Panhandle in the northwestern part of the state to Alabama and as far west as New Orleans.