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Hurricane Isaac gathered strength as it bore down on New Orleans on Tuesday, bringing high winds and soaking rains that will pose the first major test to the city's multibillion-dollar flood protections, seven years after Katrina devastated the U.S. Gulf Coast.Hundreds of U.S. Army National Guard troops took up strategic positions around New Orleans, preparation meant to avoid the chaos seen in the days and weeks after Katrina in August 2005.Apple MacBook 13" A1278 battery
Brandishing automatic assault rifles to ward off any threat of looting, the troops in military vehicles took up positions on mostly deserted streets. Their arrival came as driving rain and stiff winds battered the city's famous tourist district, The Apple A1280 battery, and its boarded-up storefronts. White-capped waves formed in Lake Pontchartrain.Earlier, the Army Corps of Engineers closed for the first time the massive new floodgate on the largest storm-surge barrier in the world, at Lake Borgne, east of New Orleans.In other preparations, oil production in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico nearly ground to a halt, and ports and coastal refineries curtailed operations as Isaac neared.
Although it only reached hurricane strength on Tuesday, Isaac killed at least 23 people and caused significant flooding and damage in Haiti and the Dominican Republic before skirting the Apple MacBook 13" A1278 AC adapter tip of Florida on Sunday and heading across the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico.Isaac spared Tampa, Florida, where the Republican National Convention is being held, but forced party leaders to abandon most of Monday's program, and to tone down what some might have seen as excess celebration about Mitt Romney's presidential nomination at a time Gulf Coast residents faced danger.The leading edge of the storm, which was about 370 miles wide, was felt along the Apple MacBook 13" A1278 battery. Authorities warned that Isaac could flood towns in Mississippi and Alabama, as well as Louisiana, with storm surges of up to 12 feet.
Intense hurricanes such as Katrina -- which took out 4.5 million barrels per day of refining capacity at one point -- have flooded refineries, keeping them closed for extended periods and reducing fuel supplies.This time, though, the U.S. Department of Energy estimated that only 12 percent of the Gulf Coast's refining capacity had gone offline. Louisiana usually processes more than 3 million barrels per day of crude into Apple MacBook 13" A1278 AC adapter like gasoline.Perceptions that the area's oil facilities would not sustain major damage, and that production would quickly bounce back, pushed international benchmark Brent crude down slightly early Wednesday, toward $112 a barrel.
With more than 90 percent of offshore U.S. Gulf of Mexico oil production shut in and nearly half of natural gas output offline, energy companies along the Gulf Coast refining center braced for the storm's impact, shuttering some plants and running others at reduced rates ahead of Isaac's landfall.Intense hurricanes such as Katrina -- which took out 4.5 million barrels per day of refining capacity at one point -- have flooded refineries, keeping them closed for extended periods and reducing fuel supplies.
The U.S. Department of Energy estimated that about 12 percent of the Apple A1280 battery had gone offline. Louisiana usually processes more than 3 million barrels per day of crude into products like gasoline.Although no damage to offshore installation had been reported, some energy experts said the sweeping disruption of oil production, refineries and key import terminals could make it more likely the U.S. government would release oil supplies from its nearly 696-million-barrel Strategic Petroleum Reserve.A release, which had previously been under consideration, is still on the table, White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters on Tuesday.Even with Isaac's disruptions to production, international benchmark Brent crude traded down slightly to $112 a barrel on Tuesday.