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Hurricane Isaac: Angel or Devil?
Aug 31, 2012
There’s a lot to hate about Hurricane Isaac. The storm flooded homes, nearly ruined the Republican Convention, is responsible for at least two deaths and $2 billion in damages.
And yet, according to this Weather Channel report, the storm is about to deliver a lifesaving rainfall to much of the Midwest. As meteorologists note, even where crops have been harvested, the rains will raise water tables, bringing a net positive to the area.
Gentle rains across the Midwest aren’t a guarantee, either. Some farmers are concerned that any strong winds associated with Isaac could knock down corn stalks and also cause muddy, compaction-prone fields just in time for harvest.
This Labor Day weekend, be take a minute to be thankful and humbled if Isaac was a benefactor. For those flooded out or otherwise damaged by the storm, you’re in our thoughts.
University of Alabama students test wind speeds from Hurricane Isaac in New Orleans. (AP photo)