Please pray for our friends, family, brothers and sisters in the Gulf Coast. ~Randi
Isaac Threat Looms Large for New Orleans
Seven years later, those caught in the destructive path of Hurricane Katrina are being urged once again to prepare for the worst, as the threat of Tropical Storm Isaac grows by the minute.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency for the entire state Sunday afternoon, and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu declared a state of emergency for his city. FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate urged residents to heed warnings.
“Out of the abundance of caution, let me say very clearly for everybody that neither the Superdome nor the airport nor the Convention Center is going to be a shelter of last resort,” Landrieu said. “ In the event that an evacuation is called, everybody needs to make preparations because we will not be sheltering there. In the event that you have to shelter in place you should begin your preparations.”
States of emergency were also issued for Orleans, Jefferson, St. Charles and Plaquemines parishes, and the 53,000 residents of St. Charles Parish were told to leave ahead of the storm.
Fugate, FEMA administrator, urged residents in surge-prone areas to take action.
“If you’re asked to evacuate, evacuate. Don’t wait for another forecast,” he told viewers of The Weather Channel on Monday. “In coastal areas, you don’t have protection, you need to move inland somewhere safe.”
As the large and strengthening system crossed waters with temperatures of more than 80 degrees, forecasts called for the storm to make landfall along the Gulf coast late Tuesday or early Wednesday as a powerful Category 1 storm.