28 Aug '12, 1am

Obama declares state of emergency as Tropical Storm Isaac gatheres strength and threatens New Orleans

WASHINGTON (AFP) - United States (US) President Barack Obama on Monday declared a state of emergency in Louisiana as Tropical Storm Isaac gathered strength and threatened New Orleans, seven years after it was pummelled by Hurricane Katrina. Mr Obama informed the Gulf Coast state's governor, Bobby Jindal, that he was taking the move to free up federal funds and aid, during a conference call with local officials preparing for the storm, expected to come ashore on Tuesday. The president also convened a briefing with officials including Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator (Fema) Craig Fugate, hours before Isaac was expected to become a Category One hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico. Fema, along with other government agencies, including the Department of Defence, has staged emergency supplies closer to areas expected to experience severe weather.

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