Mobile, AL – As Hurricane Isaac prepares to hit New Orleans just seven years after the devastation brought by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, residents throughout the Gulf Coast are preparing for the storm and the aftereffects.
As reported by Reuters, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal urged residents to prepare for the storm and to stay safe during a news conference:
“Many parts of the state could see 24 to 38 hours of tropical storm-force winds. We’re going to see a lot of downed trees and power lines. We need people to stay safe.”
Although the storm will directly hit the New Orleans area, residents throughout the rest of the Gulf Coast are also preparing for the strong winds and heavy rains that Hurricane Isaac will bring to the entire area.
The Inquisitr spoke to David — a mechanic in Mobile, Alabama — about his thoughts on the storm.
When asked about his preparations for Hurricane Isaac, David stated that “all I have done is make sure that my trucks are gassed up” and that he “bought water, gatorade, and a couple days of can food.” He also indicated that others in the Mobile area have made similar preparations for Hurricane Isaac:
“Most people did the same, put away anything that might blow away and made sure generators worked and ran.”
Although news agencies are quick to point out that Hurricane Katrina and its devastating effects on New Orleans and the Gulf Coast occurred almost exactly seven years ago, David indicates that he is not worried about this storm. He stated that he is “not worried at all about hurricane’s effects” because this storm is “really not going to hit Mobile badly at all.”
He also believes that Hurricane Isaac will not be anywhere as severe as Hurricane Katrina, especially since residents of the Gulf Coast seem to be preparing much better for this storm than in 2005.
If you live along the Gulf Coast, how have you prepared for Hurricane Isaac? Are you worried about the storm? Sound off below.
(By Astronaut photograph ISS008-E-19646 was taken March 7, 2004, with a Kodak DCS760 digital camera equipped with an 50-mm lens, and is provided by the Earth Observations Laboratory, Johnson Space Center. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)