Gulf Coast to Get Brunt of Storm
Isaac only landed a glancing blow on Florida. But now it has picked up steam and is hitting the Gulf coast states. Seven years after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans stares at a repeat, albeit not as powerful
Florida residents were lucky. They got the lightest part of Hurricane Isaac, back when it was just a tropical storm.
"Anytime you don't get any major impact from a tropical cyclone, you're dodging a bullet,” said a relieved Bill South, from the National Weather Service.
Folks along the Gulf Coast states like Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas will get the brunt of Hurricane Isaac.
Phil Bryant, Governor of Mississippi said, "The major concerns that we have now are high winds, heavy rains and flooding in the potential storm surge areas and low-lying areas along the Mississippi gulf coast. These conditions could lead to the need for some residents to evacuate and I urge mississippians to monitor their local media and heed all warnings and evacuation orders issued by local and state officials."
Governors of Alabama and Louisiana have echoed those sentiments.
Louisiana governor, Bobby Jindal, recommended evacuation before the heavy rains lashed the area.
"We would certainly recommend those in low-lying areas, those outside levee protection, those out on the coast, to certainly evacuate before the onset of tropical storm winds, before the tidal surges, before the heavy rains come."
New Orleans residents will have to face the wrath of mother nature yet again. But this time they are prepared.
Ryan Mattingly,"We're here to just pick up some flash light batteries, water, because we're going to stay. Just to make sure, if power goes out, we'll have equipment as well as some charcoal and whatnot."
“our son is at work at the hospital, and so he just bought a house, so he just told us to come get some plywood and sandbags and protect his house that he just got Friday, and its full of windows. So, we're just coming here and doing the best we can. We're not from here, we're from New Mexico, so I’m nervous. Very nervous," said Pat Avalos.
While Louisiana will be flooded, massive blackouts are expected across 5 states. Over 8,000 National Guards have been deployed to deal with the situation. President Barack Obama has assured citizens that there wont be a repeat of the Hurricane Katrina aftermath.
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