As Storm Isaac heads for the U.S. Gulf Coast, a hurricane warning has been issued for the region and states of emergency have been declared by the governors of Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi. The storm, which has already caused severe destruction as it tore through Haiti and Cuba, “may spur short-term shutdowns of 85 percent of the U.S. offshore oil production capacity and 68 percent of the natural gas output,” says Reuters.
Isaac is expected to make landfall as a Category 2 Hurricane this week, almost exactly seven years after Hurricane Katrina killed almost 2,000 people and caused billions of damage around the region. Residents are not taking the threat lightly, and have begun to stock up on supplies, secure their homes, and refuel their gas tanks.
Although the storm is not expected to hit landfall in Florida, it has made national headlines by delaying the start of the Republican National Convention, which is taking place this week in Tampa. “With the Tropical Storm Isaac now forecast to roar northwest past Tampa on Monday and Tuesday, officials scrambled to reconfigure what had been a four-night schedule into three and to make contingency plans for further changes,” reports the New York Times.
While the RNC has received the most attention for its response to the storm, businesses and organizations around the Gulf Coast region have also been working around the clock to minimize potential damage caused by the storm.
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