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August 29, 2012
Isaac steers clear of direct hit on New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Hurricane Isaac sidestepped New Orleans on Wednesday, sending the worst of its howling wind and heavy rain into a cluster of rural fishing villages that had few defenses against the slow-moving storm that could bring days of unending rain.

Isaac arrived exactly seven years after Hurricane Katrina and passed slightly to the west of New Orleans, where the city's fortified levee system easily handled the assault.

The city's biggest problems seemed to be downed power lines, scattered tree limbs and minor flooding. Just one person was reported killed, compared with 1,800 deaths from Katrina in Louisiana and Mississippi. And police reported few problems with looting. Mayor Mitch Landrieu ordered a dusk-to-dawn curfew just to be sure.

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A group of friends, from left, James Newkirk, Robert Taylor, Chaise Taylor and Mike Newkirk, stand against strong wind and driving rain on the beach as Hurricane Isaac blows across the Mississippi Gulf Coast on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. ZUMA24.com / James Edward Bates
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Roger Harper holds his son Ari Harper, 4, as they play in the waves slashing up on the West End seawall in New Orleans, La., Tuesday, August 28, 2012. They plan to stay in New Orleans during Hurricane Isaac. Los Angeles Times / Carolyn Cole
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A man holds a broken umbrella in the wind as Hurricane Isaac makes landfall, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, in New Orleans, La. AP / Eric Gay
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People play in the storm surge from Hurricane Isaac, on Lakeshore Drive along Lake Pontchartrain, as the storm nears land, in New Orleans, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. AP / Gerald Herbert
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Research students from the the University of Alabama measure wind speeds as Hurricane Isaac makes landfall, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, in New Orleans, La. AP / Eric Gay
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Pedestrians make their way down Bourbon Street as rain from Hurricane Isaac falls in the French Quarter Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012, in New Orleans. AP / David J. Phillip
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Ronnie Willis makes his way across Canal Street through the wind and rain from Hurricane Isaac Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, in New Orleans. AP / David J. Phillip
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Landon Gazzier, right, and Dillan Gazzier, left, play on a flooded street as the waves crash over the sea wall in Bayou La Batre, Ala. on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. AP / Butch Dill
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Waves from Hurricane Isaac pummel Ken Combs Pier in Gulfport, Mississippi, on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. Biloxi Sun Herald / Tim Isbell
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A church is flooded as Hurricane Isaac hits Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, in Braithwaite, La. AP / David J. Phillip
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Chuck Cropp, center, his son Piers, left, and wife Liz, right, wade through floodwaters from Hurricane Isaac Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, in New Orleans. As Isaac made landfall, it was expected to dump as much as 20 inches of rain in several parts of Louisiana. AP / David J. Phillip
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Drug Enforcement Agency Special Agent Keith Billiot,right, tries to block his face from the rain while rescuing a family from their flooded home as Hurricane Isaac hits Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, in Braithwaite, La. AP / David J. Phillip
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A fawn was one of the many animals rescued, including a number of curious dogs, during operations in Plaquermines Parish, Louisiana, amid Hurricane Isaac on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. Los Angeles Times / Carolyn Cole
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People and a dog who were rescued from their flooded homes are loaded into a Louisiana National Guard truck, after Hurricane Isaac made landfall and flooded homes with 10 feet of water in Braithwaite, La., in Plaquemines Parish Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. AP / Gerald Herbert
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Carlo Maltese and his dog Pin get off a boat after being rescued from his flooded home as Hurricane Isaac hits Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, in Braithwaite, La. AP / David J. Phillip
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Members of the Swift Water Rescue Team rescue stranded employees of WQRZ radio station in the Shoreline Park area of Bay St. Louis, Miss., during Hurricane Isaac on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. The Sun Herald / John Fitzhugh
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Rescue operations are under way in the town of Braithwaite, Louisiana, where dozens of people are stranded due to high flood waters amid Hurricane Isaac on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. Los Angeles Times / Carolyn Cole
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Residents who were rescued from their flooded homes are transported to waiting assistance, after Hurricane Isaac made landfall and flooded homes with 10 feet of water in Braithwaite, La., Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. AP / Gerald Herbert
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Jaden Fabian, 1, cries in her car seat as her family evacuates their home in Plaquemines Parish, La., Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012, in advance of Isaac, which is expected to reach the swampy coast of southeast Louisiana by early Wednesday. AP / Gerald Herbert
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Nelson Taylor, of Port Sulphur, La., sleeps at an evacuation shelter after Isaac made landfall as a hurricane, in Belle Chasse, La., Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. AP / Gerald Herbert
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Teresa Ragas, left, and her husband Bertrand Ragas, of Port Sulphur, La., lie side-by-side in cots at an evacuation shelter in Belle Chasse, La., due to the impending landfall of Isaac, which is expected reach the region as a hurricane this evening, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. AP / Gerald Herbert
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Dillard University students stay at the shelter in the gym of Centenary Colleges as they evacuated from New Orleans because of Hurricane Isaac Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 28, 2012 in Shreveport, La. The Shreveport Times / Henrietta Wildsmith
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Donald Taylor, Jr., of Phoenix, La., watches his nephew Jaylon Ragus, 5, of Davant, La., play with a gaming device in an evacuation shelter in Belle Chasse, La., Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. AP / Gerald Herbert
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Dam Ny, front, and his wife Kheav Simo wait for Hurricane Isaac to approach, Tuesday, August 28, 2012, at Belle Chasse Auditorium, in Plaquermines Parish, in New Orleans, La. Los Angeles Times / Carolyn Cole
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Alex, left, and Adam ,three-month-old Chihuahua puppies, play in their new kennel at the Houston SPCA on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012, in Houston. Houston Chronicle / J. Patric Schneider

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