Isaac is a tropical storm as of this morning, and by this time tomorrow should be a hurricane. While I am not a weather girl, I do see the significance of a hurricane making landfall on the anniversary to one of the most devastating storms to wreak havoc on my state.
In 2005 Hurricane Katrina made landfall as a Category 3, was the deadliest Atlantic storm of the 2005 season, took 1833 lives, as well as cost $81 billion dollars in damage. Most of the deaths were in New Orleans and other southern cities, as those became flooded with the failing of the levee, and the storm surge that accompanied Katrina. The coastal towns in southern Mississippi saw the worst property damage, as entire beachfront properties were completely washed away.
I am only mentioning this today, because after the damage and destruction Katrina left, it is still a heart felt reminder that we need to take these storms seriously. Please do not decided to stay and ride out the storm, and make every effort you can to evacuate, or be prepared to do so. Katrina is still fresh in our minds, and while the Gulf of Mexico isn’t as warm as it was 7 years ago, and Isaac won’t have the opportunity to become as strong as Katrina, it is still going to be a Hurricane. Do what you can now to prepare, and keep yourself, your family, and your friends and neighbors safe.
(Thanks to KSLA News 12 weather for the picture above)