DALLAS – On Tuesday morning, the National Weather Service upgraded Isaac from a tropical storm to a Category 1 hurricane, which should reach land by late Tuesday or early Wednesday morning.
There's plenty of information to sift through regarding the storm, and this post is meant to house all the content hosted on WFAA.com to help readers follow the storm from its beginnings until it dissipates.
WFAA reporters Jonathan Betz and Jason Whitely are in New Orleans covering preparations ahead of the storm. They’re giving immediate updates on their Twitter accounts, @jbetz and @jasonwhitely. We’ve also embedded them on this page.
They’ve also filed a number of stories from the field. Last night, Whitely detailed an eerie sight –– an empty French Quarter.
He also spoke with a Dallas native who was boarding up a private gallery she's helping build in the city’s Ninth Ward, one of the hardest-hit areas during Hurricane Katrina. Also meet a group of Fort Worth contractors who are helping New Orleanians board up their homes and businesses.
Betz’s reports began with the nuts and bolts of what the state of Louisiana is facing. Read his story from Sunday about initial evacuation orders and expectations then compare with the most recent report from the Associated Press, as Isaac reached hurricane strength.
Betz also reported Isaac should produce at least 17 inches of rain once it reaches land in southern Louisiana, offering up a major test to the $15 billion overhaul in new levees and storm defenses the city's added since Katrina seven years ago.
Back in Dallas, WFAA Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus analyzed data from the National Weather Service and compared it to that of Katrina to show the differences between the two storms.
A DeSoto church built a shelter in its auditorium and promised to keep it open as long as necessary, just in case.
For more web-only content, WFAA.com has a hurricane tracker that lets you follow Isaac’s path as it moves Northwest at about 10 miles per hour. We’re also streaming live footage from our sister station in New Orleans, WWLTV, which you can watch here.