This video shows me and my family's cruise vacation aboard the Carnival Elation get affected due to Tropical Storm/Hurricane Isaac! It includes footage of the various announcements of our current situation in terms of returning to New Orleans, LA. Footage of the choppy seas caused by the winds of Isaac is also shown. It was a good thing we got seasickness pills!
We were headed to Mobile, AL but we got news that the Mississippi River was almost ready to reopen. (Known by August 30, 2012 during our extra day at sea) So we were then headed towards back to NOLA on August 30. We finally arrived back in the Mississippi River the very next morning of August 31, 2012. Some apparent damage was seen while along the river, including some more photos (shown nearly at the end of the video) as we headed back to the Louis Armstrong New Orleans Int'l Airport in Kenner, LA. More info about the hurricane and its meteorological history shown below.
[[Hurricane Isaac was a slow-moving tropical cyclone that caused severe damage along the northern Gulf Coast of the U.S. in late August 2012. Once Isaac got into the gulf, it was forecasted to become a category 2 hurricane and the landfall projected path was aimed around the Florida panhandle but later was moved well westward, directly into NOLA... where we were a few days prior!! Luckily, the land interaction with Hispaniola disrupted the system and prevented a solid core from developing until just before landfall in Louisiana. But due to its size, a high storm surge & a large area of tropical storm force winds was experienced. Isaac reached hurricane strength the morning of August 28 (When we were down in Cozumel, Mexico during our cruise vacation).
The storm made its first U.S. landfall at 6:45 p.m. CDT that evening, near the mouth of the Mississippi River. While Isaac moved across Haiti, its circulation became disrupted while the convection became disorganized. As it continued to the northwest, the storm moved along the north coast of Cuba. Convection increased over the center by early on August 26, and Isaac re-intensified slightly while entering the Straits of Florida. However, continued dry air prevented the inner core of convection from developing. The storm later tracked northwestward across the Gulf of Mexico due to a subtropical ridge to its north. Isaac remained a large storm, but somehow struggled to strengthen. At about 11:20 a.m. on August 28, Isaac regained hurricane status about 75 mi SSE of the mouth of the Mississippi River!! After further strengthening, Isaac finally made landfall 6:45 p.m. CDT on August 28, just SW of the mouth of the Mississippi River with winds of 80 mph. The eye moved back over water shortly thereafter, crawling just offshore of southeastern Louisiana with little change in strength before Isaac struck Louisiana again just west of Port Fourchon 2:15 a.m. CDT on August 29.
Hours after it made landfall, Isaac's eye became less circular and was open on the western side. Around 2:00 p.m. CDT on August 29, the hurricane weakened into a tropical storm as it slowly moved through Louisiana. Around 4:00 p.m. CDT on August 30, Isaac degenerated into a tropical depression over northern Louisiana. Isaac continued as a very weak tropical depression northward over Arkansas and into Missouri. It meandered in central Missouri for a few hours before dissipating about 70 miles (115 km) west-southwest of Columbia, Missouri at 10 a.m. CDT on September 1, 2012...the day we finally left NOLA to head back home to California.]]
[Filmed aboard the Carnival Elation on August 28-31, 2012 while out in the open sea in the Gulf of Mexico, with my Canon Powershot SD1100 IS Digital ELPH camera]