ST LOUIS (LALATE) – The projected path of Hurricane Isaac 2012 is prompting a press conference with news by President Obama this morning. Hurricane Isaac’s 2012 tracking has been watched by the President since the weekend, officials tell news. But now that Isaac is moving closer to northern Gulf States, the President will address the news media about contingency plans that federal agencies will have in place.
Officials still contend that Hurricane Isaac will arrive on the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina to the northern Gulf states. Isaac was initially anticipated to touch down in New Orleans tomorrow, Wednesday. But there still remains some issue of dispute where Isaac’s center will be.
Moreover, the key difference is the strength of Isaac versus Katrina. Officials are still unsure if original predictions of a Category 2 hurricane are accurate, or if Isaac will arrive as only a Category 1 hurricane. Katrina was a category five hurricane. But officials tell news that, when Katrina touched down in New Orleans, she was Category three. Katrina resulted in 1800 deaths and massive flooding.
But moments ago, the Louisiana Governor’s Office asked for a full declaration of emergency. In a news statement, the Governor’s office said “Following a very limited federal disaster declaration by the President of the United States that only granted a portion of the state’s request, Governor Bobby Jindal sent a letter to the federal government requesting a full disaster declaration for the state.”
The State contends that more funds need to be designated to Louisiana “The White House issued a release today which states that “the declaration builds on resources already deployed by FEMA and makes Federal funding available for certain emergency activities undertaken by the state to prepare for and respond to the storm.””
The Office also told news that “the limited declaration does not provide for reimbursement of expenses that the state is taking to prepare for the storm.”
Currently nine areas near New Orleans are under mandatory evacuation orders. In Jefferson they are Grand Isle, the Town of Jean Lafitte, Crown Pointe, and Barataria. Officials have extended the order to low lying parishes in Lafourche. In Plaquemines, the orders cover from Braithwaite to White Ditch on the East Bank, and from Ironton South to Venice. All of St Charles is covered by today’s orders. And in Tangipahoa, the orders cover the town of Winnsboro, Lee’s Landing, and low-lying areas. For more, click HERE.
Governor Bobby Jindal tells news that “a core responsibility of the federal government is to protect the lives and property of its citizens when threatened. This disaster declaration will help ensure that we best protect life and property in our state.” The President will respond to Jindal’s requests at 10 am EST today. For the latest updates on Hurricane Isaac 2012, click HERE
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