Posts Tagged ‘Hurricane Isaac’

Personal Account of Flooding from Hurricane Isaac in Ascension Parish, Louisiana

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Author: Tori Siears, Emergency Planner, Response & Recovery Division, IEM

sandbagging in acsencion parish

Sandbagging in Ascension parish

Hurricane Isaac hit my home state of Louisiana (and my home parish of Ascension) on August 29th & 30th.  Being an emergency planner in IEM’s Response and Recovery division, I am keenly interested, both professionally and personally, in how communities respond to storms like Hurricane Isaac. Even though Ascension Parish has faced massive flooding and damage to many homes, we have learned much from previous storms that makes us more resilient today than we were before.

I live in the southern portion of Ascension Parish where there was significant flooding. Dealing with the impact of the storm and the resulting high waters has been a stressful and exhausting situation. But I am happy to say that we came out of it unscathed. I had about 6 inches of water in my yard, but my house is raised far enough off the ground so it didn’t flood. The same can’t be said for many in my community and the surrounding communities. There are still many people with water in their houses and/or covering their roads. I have friends and relatives in the Ascension, Livingston, and St. James Parish areas that got water in their homes and a few of them lost everything. Some close friends have water up to their doorsteps and have been holding a 24-hour vigil watching and waiting. The water is finally starting to recede in most areas, but it is doing so very slowly. In addition, the area reeks of muddy water and the mosquitoes are out in full force. We haven’t seen as many snakes in the last few days, but I’m sure as we start to clean up, we will find them hiding in dry spots somewhere.

Many people have been comparing this storm to both Hurricanes Katrina and Gustav. But as far as this area is concerned, this storm was more like Tropical Storm Allison in 2001. (more…)

Hurricane Isaac to Make Gulf Coast Landfall Tonight – Social Media Resources, Part 3

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012
satellite imagery of Hurricane Isaac Aug 28 22:15

Satellite imagery of Hurricane Isaac Aug 28 22:15
(photo credit: NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center

Author: Disaster Social Network, IEM

Hurricane Isaac is expected to make landfall as a category 1 hurricane in a few short hours this evening on the Gulf Coast.  IEM’s Disaster Social Network has been collecting site and social media accounts to watch as the storms hits during the overnight hours. Please note the webcams that have been set up to provide live views of the storm.

Links to twitter, blogs, picture and video accounts are provided through the links below.

Twitter:

@hurricanetrack Mark Suddith/Hurricanetrack.co

Videos:

Area live cam views: http://www.cnn.com/video/?/video/cvplive/cvpstream3&hpt=hp_t1#/video/cvplive/cvpstream3

CitizenTube Playlist of Isaac videos / 29 videos (12:30 EST, 8/28/12)
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL81D04799B3444E2F&feature=plcp

Photos:

Tropical Storm Isaac Reaches Florida — in pictures (Guardian)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/gallery/2012/aug/28/natural-disasters-usa#/

Tropical Storm Isaac Pictures (CBS)
http://www.cbsnews.com/2300-201_162-10013514.html

Sites:

“Tropical Storm Isaac Prepares to Make Landfall in Gulf Coast – Live Updates” (Guardian)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/aug/28/tropical-storm-isaac-gulf-coast-live

Google’s Crisis Map for Tropical Storm/Hurricane Isaac:
http://google.org/crisismap/2012-tropical-system-isaac

“As Isaac closes in on Gulf, officials warn complacency could kill” CNN (slideshow also) http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/28/us/tropical-storm-isaac/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

More Resources:

Isaac Reaches Hurricane Status – Social Media Resources Part 2

Tropical Storm Isaac Social Media Resources – Disaster Social Network- Part 1

A Comparison of Hurricane Isaac’s Track and Historical Hurricane Katrina Track

A Comparison of Hurricane Isaac’s Track and Historical Hurricane Katrina Track

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Author: Eston Spain, GIS Analyst & Emergency Planning Associate, IEM

As Hurricane Isaac approaches the Gulf Coast today, the track Isaac is taking is eerily similar to the track Katrina took seven years ago at this same time. Although Isaac is not nearly as strong or expected to cause the extent of damage that Katrina did, many Gulf Coast cities are ordering evacuations. I wanted to see just how close the tracks of the two storms are, so I overlayed Isaac’s track with the historical track Katrina took in 2005. Isaac is expected to hit the Gulf Coast within hours of the seventh anniversary of Katrina.

>Hurricane Isaac and Hurricane Katrina Track Comparison

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Hurricane Isaac and Hurricane Katrina Track Comparison

This map depicts the forecasted track of Hurricane Isaac and the historical track that Hurricane Katrina took seven years ago almost to the exact date and time. They are approximately 12 hours apart. The lines indicate the center track of each tropical cyclone and where Isaac is forecast to be as it makes landfall. As you can see from the map, Isaac is expected to make landfall at almost the same spot Katrina did. (more…)

Isaac Reaches Hurricane Status – Social Media Resources Part 2

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Author: Disaster Social Network, IEM

As of 11:20am CDT Tropical Storm Isaac has achieved hurricane status with wind speeds of up to 75 mph or more.  IEM has collected the most relevant social media accounts of the approaching storm from this morning’s and last night’s postings.  We will continue to send updates as Isaac makes landfall this evening.

Links to twitter, blogs, picture and video accounts are provided through the links below.

Twitter Accounts:

Hurricane Central (@twc_hurricane)
National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic)
Dr. Rick Knabb (@NHCDirector)
Storm Surge Unit at NHC (@NHC_Surge)
Craig Fugate (@CraigatFEMA)
Mississippi EMA (@MSEMA)
Louisiana GOHSEP (@GOHSEP)
Mitch Landrieu (@MayorLandrieu)
Russell Lewis — NPR’s Southern U.S. Bureau Chief (@NPRrussell)
John Snell (@JohnSnellFox8)
Pat Peterson – Gulf Shores (@WKRG_Pat) (more…)

Tropical Storm Isaac Social Media Resources – Disaster Social Network

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Author: Disaster Social Network, IEM

Tropical Storm Isaac as of Aug 27, 4pmET

Tropical Storm Isaac as of Aug 27, 4pmET (photo credit: U.S. National Weather Service)

Tropical Storm Isaac is expected to become a Category 1 or 2 hurricane before reaching the northern Gulf Coast late Tuesday evening (August 28). As the storm drenches Florida and approaches the Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama coasts, IEM is monitoring social media accounts of the disaster for the most current and relevant information available.

Links to twitter, blogs, picture and video accounts are provided through the links below.

Twitter Accounts:

https://twitter.com/NHC_Atlantic
https://twitter.com/wunderground

https://twitter.com/stormpulse

https://twitter.com/NOAASatellites

https://twitter.com/NOLAnews

Trends:

#Isaac
#goawayisaac
#RedCross
#NOLA (more…)