August 29, 2012 5:30 am

Americans pick up phones, cameras to document Hurricane Isaac

TORONTO – Americans across the country held their breath Wednesday as Hurricane Isaac unleashed its fury on Louisiana, Mississippi and along the Gulf Coast Wednesday, knocking out power to hundreds of thousands, downing trees and washing down deserted streets along the way.

Heavy showers flooded a newly fortified New Orleans that took a severe beating from a much stronger Hurricane Katrina seven years ago to the day.

The Category 1 hurricane made landfall just before 8 p.m. ET Tuesday at the mouth of the Mississippi River, where a wall of water nearly 11 feet high washed inland, drenching regions stretching into the Gulf.

Coverage of the gnarly storm spanned from news outlets tracking the storm to citizens picking up their smart phones and cameras to document and share with the rest of the world what was going on on the ground.

Take a look at Hurricane Isaac, according to news organizations and the public alike.

Some taking shelter from the storm had their cameras in hand to document what was happening outside their window:

This is one man’s account of the storm as of Tuesday night on Lakeshore Drive in New Orleans.


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In Fort Lauderdale, Fla., the storm washed through the streets and canals, with the rainfall building a strong current.


In this video, brave citizens illustrated how strong winds were blowing by trying to fight the wind:


Here, ABC News spoke with a reporter at the New Orleans Times-Picayune newspaper about the public’s cautious waiting for the arrival of Isaac.


Viewers of this video can take a look at Isaac, then a tropical storm, and how it battered the Dominican Republic while on its way to the United States.


In Miami, this video was recorded showing firsthand how heavy the rain fell on August 26.

Others tweeted photos and a play-by-play of what they were witnessing on the ground as Isaac tore through the Gulf Coast. 

Take a look at photos our Global National correspondent Jennifer Tryon captured while reporting in New Orleans:

This Global News reader and Canadian expat living in New Orleans shared this photo of La Quinta Hotel, in downtown New Orleans, with a side of the building removed in the aftermath of the storm.

(Photo provided by Amanda Saltzman/Global News reader)

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