Virtually everyone who has lived in New Orleans for any length of time has at least one hurricane story. About staying or evacuating. About lights going out or rain coming down. This is a hurricane story of the formal kind — a story about how a proper British lady rode out Hurricane Isaac.
Even though Sandy has switched from hurricane to post-tropical cyclone, it's still a formidable storm. The latest forecast predicts strong winds and coastal storm surges up to four feet in some places. Areas from the eastern Great Lakes region to the mid-Atlantic and up to southern New England can also expect an additional inch of rain.
From our partners at The Takeaway, from WNYC: Lt. General Russel Honoré weighs in with how Hurricane Sandy is similar to and different from Katrina, and shares his biggest concerns for before, during and after Sandy hits land.
Lt. General Russel Honoré knows a thing or two about hurricanes. Honere was commander of Joint Task Force Katrina, where he was responsible for coordinating military relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina-affected areas across the Gulf Coast. He weighs in with how this hurricane is similar to and different from Katrina and shares his biggest concerns for before, during and after Sandy hits land.
Utility crews are surveying the power lines and thousands of utility workers from other states are on standby, as Louisiana power companies readied for Tropical Storm Isaac.
Fresh in minds around the state's capital city was Hurricane Gustav, which struck as a Category 2 storm in 2008 — and surprised Baton Rouge with power outages that lasted 10 days or more in many areas.
Public Service Commissioner Jimmy Field, who represents the Baton Rouge area, says he's confident power companies are ready for Isaac, expected to strike as a hurricane.
In the 5 p.m. ET advisory, the Hurricane Center said Isaac remains a tropical storm with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph. Dry air, the center explains, keeps feeding into the storm keeping it from intensifying. The storm is predicted to make landfall near New Orleans as a category 2 hurricane with 100 mph winds.