Aftermath of Hurricane Isaac 2012 Destruction: Watch Gripping New Footage from the New Orleans Citizens Who Lived Through It [VIDEO!]
Fortunately for the brave citizens of New Orleans, the 2012 destruction of Hurricane Isaac, a Category One storm with winds reaching approximately eighty miles per hour, didn't come anywhere close to matching the onslaught of Hurricane Katrina seven years ago; that said, there's some incredibly compelling footage of Hurricane Isaac's destruction, or lack thereof, shared by the people who lived through it.
Here's a compendium of all of the most gripping footage we could find from the Louisiana landfall late last night.
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Meet Alli, the Weather Girl!
This is Alli, the Weather Girl. She may not have the resources to protect her microphone from that awful crackle, but she's pretty fearless. Maybe we just like her umbrella, and how it almost carries her away like a lightning-struck Mary Poppins. Maybe it's the fact that only real piece of advice she has for us that gets through the wind noise is that we shouldn't go swimming. Either way, this is what New Journalism is all about: getting there and doing what you can, even if the only resources you have are a dream and a hood.
God's Wrath, or These Things Come to Pass?
Here's sort of a new-media radio show about a woman talking about the history of hurricanes in her region, and how she's preparing herself for this round.
Live and Silent from Bourbon Street
Here's footage of the hurricane slamming into Bourbon Street. Even without its sound, you can still see how hard that rain is slamming into the famous streets, giving them a well-needed power scrub. If this storm were any worse, that joke would be in poor taste, but thankfully we can poke a little nervous fun.
Biloxi Long Take
There's a good long reel of footage from Biloxi. Check out how huge those waves on the coast are, and how strange this man's coast suddenly seems to him. Shots of people on the beaches.
A Little Wind Never Stopped Him from Snook Fishing
And finally, here's one man's brave attempt to go Snook Fishing during the storm. It's his opening words that let us put this moment of National Nervousness to rest: "It's a little windy."
Thank goodness for that.
And Just So You Have a Frame of Reference, Here's The Big News Network Standard
That's the Wall Street Journal's coverage of it. We're including it because it's a good litmus test for how editing changes stories. Compare it against the on-the-ground footage from non-journalists below for an example of how people present the city that's so special to them.
And a little more, from Al Jazeera, on Mississippi
Here's coverage from Mississippi, to not only remind that New Orleans and Louisiana aren't the only victims of the cataclysm on the Gulf Coast, but to show that there are actually some people enjoying the beach weather and preparing for its arrival.
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