Ten years ago, actor Wendell Pierce went home for a vacation between recording seasons of the hit HBO show The Wire.
As he stepped off the plane in New Orleans, the airport was chaotic. A massive hurricane called Katrina was closing in on the city.
"I was telling my parents 'Nah, let's just ride it out. Let's just stay,' " Pierce tells NPR's Arun Rath. "I went out that Saturday night and I kind of bluffed my parents and said 'Well, if they make it a mandatory evacuation, we'll leave.'
"That Sunday morning they did, and that's when I knew it was serious."