WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama will visit the state of Louisiana next Monday to survey the damage done by Hurricane Isaac this week, which was now downgraded as a tropical storm, said the White House on Friday, when his challenger Mitt Romney detoured to the state.
The president will leave for a campaign event in Toledo, Ohio first next Monday, skip another one before paying a visit to Louisiana, announced the White House spokesman Jay Carney aboard Air Force One as Obama flew to Texas on Friday to address U.S. troops.
During the stay in the hard-hit state of Louisiana, Obama will meet with local officials, assessing the impact of Isaac which made landfall in the state Tuesday night as a hurricane, and weakened to a tropical storm on Wednesday and was further downgraded to a tropical depression on Thursday.
The announcement came shortly after Republican presidential nominee Romney's campaign announced he would visit Louisiana on Friday, between two previously announced campaign stops. Romney accepted the nomination on Thursday night at the Republican National Convention held in Tampa, Florida.
Both campaigns' announcement came days after Isaac cut path through northern Gulf coast around the 7th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's arrival in the region. Through the whole week, Isaac caused heavy rains, howling winds and serious inland flooding, pushing thousands of residents to evacuate from their homeland.
The southern U.S. states of Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama have been on high alert against the threat of Isaac since last weekend. Also, Florida, Louisiana and Alabama have declared states of emergency, fearing that Isaac might repeat the disaster that Hurricane Katrina brought to the Gulf coast just seven years ago.
Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and the Gulf Coast on Aug. 29, 2005, killing 1,836 people and causing property damage estimated at 81 billion U.S. dollars. It was the costliest natural disaster, and one of the five deadliest hurricanes in the history of the United States.