Meridian Star


September 2, 2012

Unpredictable Isaac

MERIDIAN —     Hurricanes are unpredictable. Isaac was no exception.

    No one could have predicted prior to its landfall that Isaac would stall out once it made landfall, dumping up to 20 inches of rain in some places as it inched north and west.

    Packing winds of 80 mph, Isaac came ashore Tuesday as a Category 1 hurricane.

    In New Orleans and in south Mississippi thousands of homes were flooded, and authorities scrambled to rescue those trapped by the rising water.

    At least four deaths were attributed to the storm, with one of those reported in Picayune where a truck driver was killed after a tree fell on his truck.

    Nearly half the state of Louisiana was without power at one point, with estimates of another 150,000 homes in Mississippi having lost electricity.

    But it was not just coastal counties impacted by the storm. Heavy rain bands that stretched out from the storm's epicenter flooded inland counties in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.

    Although minor flooding occurred in Meridian, Lauderdale County residents in Quitman, Stonewall and points south were not as fortunate.

    For inland residents, it would have been easy to downplay Isaac's potential impact as it approached. After all, the reasoning could have went, even if Isaac made landfall as a Category 2 hurricane as was originally predicted, the storm was no Katrina, or even Ivan for that matter.

    We were glad to see that residents took the storm seriously.

    Some local residents stocked up on gas, water and other necessities, while others along the Mississippi Gulf Coast evacuated in advance of the storm.

    Isaac was the first hurricane since 2008 to strike a Gulf state and we are glad to see residents have not grown complacent.

    Isaac served as a reminder of just how unpredictable hurricanes can be and proved that there is no such thing as being too prepared when it comes to hurricanes.

Text Only
Biz Marquee
New Today

Do you think the city of Meridian should have tried harder to find funding to repair the dam at Long Creek Reservoir before deciding to drain the lake?

     View Results
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
US Airlines Cancel Israel Flights Obama Signs Workforce Training Law Crash Victims' Remains Reach Ukraine-held City Diplomatic Push Intensifies to End War in Gaza Obama Offers Condolences at Dutch Embassy Cat Fans Lap Up Feline Film Festival Raw: Lawmakers Scuffle in Ukraine's Parliament The Rock Finds His Inner 'Hercules' Michigan Plant's Goal: Flower and Die Raw: MH17 Passenger Remains in Kharkiv, Ukraine Raw: Israel Hits Gaza Targets, Destroys Mosques ShowBiz Minute: Hoffman, Oberst, Box Office WWII Vet Gets Medals, 70 Years Late Raw: Israel Bombs Multiple Targets in Gaza Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment Raw: Cargo Craft Undocks From Space Station Widow: Jury Sent Big Tobacco a $23B Message New Orleans Plans to Recycle Cigarette Butts UN Security Council Calls for MH 17 Crash Probe Obama Bestows Medal of Honor on NH Veteran
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide