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Published On: Thu, Aug 30th, 2012

Gulf Coast reeling as Isaac moves on, nearly 950K without power, first death reported

Nearly a million customers were without electricity because of Isaac on Thursday morning. Power providers say at least 948,564 customers are without electricity across Arkansas, Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

Early on August 29, 2012, the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite on the Suomi-NPP satellite captured this nighttime view of Hurricane Isaac and the cities near the Gulf Coast of the United States. The image was acquired at 1:57 a.m. local time by the VIIRS “day-night band,” which detects light in a range of wavelengths from green to near-infrared and uses light intensification to enable the detection of dim signals. In this case, the clouds of Isaac were lit by moonlight. NASA

Authorities warned people in a handful of towns outside of New Orleans to get out early Thursday ahead of rising water brought on by hurricane-turned-tropical storm Isaac, which dumped more than 20 inches of rain in some areas.

The warning came as the storm claimed its first fatality. A tow truck driver attempting to clear debris on a road in Mississippi was struck by a falling tree, officials said. The incident took place at midnight, said Amanda Harris, deputy director of the Pearl River County Emergency Management office.

The National Weather Service said it received reports of the fatality in Picayune, Mississippi.

Deputies in Vermilion Parish say a 36-year-old man died after falling 18 feet from a tree while helping friends move a vehicle before the storm. They say they don’t know why the man climbed the tree.

Meanwhile in Plaquemines Parish, southeast of New Orleans, 3,000 people remained in an area close to an 8-foot tall levee that waters were threatening, Gov. Bobby Jindal’s office said.

About 100 people who had ignored an evacuation order were rescued Wednesday in a flooded part of the parish, officials said. On Thursday, authorities from the sheriff’s office and National Guard “will begin looking house to house to make sure they got everyone,” said Parish President Billy Nungesser.

“We didn’t have time to panic,” Rafael Delgadillo of Braithwaite, Louisiana, told CNN Thursday. He, his wife and daughter were rescued by a neighbor Wednesday. “We were in survivor mode,” he said.

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