Ky. natives weather Isaac in Mississippi, Louisiana

By: Paige Quiggins Email
By: Paige Quiggins Email

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WYMT) - Tropical Storm Isaac has been moving at a snail's pace across Louisiana and is expected to cause more flooding overnight.

A decision has been made to puncture a levee south of New Orleans where dozens of people had to be rescued today. At least one death has been reported and hundreds of thousands of people have been left in the dark.

The mayor of New Orleans has ordered a dusk-to-dawn curfew but looting has not been a big problem.

Two men who are in Louisiana and Mississippi said conditions have improved some, but it has been an experience they will never forget.

“The most wind and rain and wind i have ever seen in my life,” said eastern Kentucky native Josh Holland.

The southern Louisiana seminary student described the weather in Picayune, Mississippi, where the effects of Tropical Storm Isaac are still being felt.

“As you can see behind me, the house that we are staying at they have lost some of their fence, there's a section here that is down. a lot of limbs, a lot of trees have come out and went down.”

Former WYMT sports reporter Tom Kozrowski is working in New Orleans off of Canal Street as a freelance videographer.

“I don't know if you can hear it over the phone, but the wind right now has to be in the 50s to 60,” Kozrowski said.
“It is blowing debris around, we are having to change our live location because of that.”

He said conditions have improved since Tuesday night.

“The rain started to really come down and it got down to the point where when it was hitting you in the face, it felt like needles,” Kozrowski said, referring to Tuesday.
“But today it is a completely different story, the rain has subsided somewhat, I mean it is raining considerably, constantly, but it's not nearly as harsh as it was last night.”

The storm is moving so slow it could rain in Louisiana for the next couple of days. Both men said the harshest part of the storm was on Tuesday when wind reached speeds of 80 miles per hour.


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