Wary Louisiana residents count down to Isaac's arrival

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by JONATHAN BETZ

WFAA

Posted on August 26, 2012 at 10:47 PM

As the sun set on New Orleans Sunday night, the Big Easy could only watch as Tropical Storm Isaac strengthened into a hurricane.

It was seven years ago this week we watched Katrina take the same path. WFAA reporter Jonathan Betz was working in New Orleans back then, and he has returned to Louisiana to cover the arrival of Isaac, expected some time on Wednesday.

Only residents of low-lying areas in southern Louisiana are being urged to evacuate as of late Sunday night. There are no evacuation orders yet for most of the city of New Orleans, but many stores have seen a run on necessities, which is typical in the days preceding a hurricane.

While Isaac's path is eerily similar to Katrina's, the similarities end there. Katrina blew up to a Category 5 monster storm as it approached the coast; Isaac is not expected to exceed a Category 2.

Isaac is, however, expected to dump as much as 17 inches of rain on southern Louisiana, and that will be a real test for levees and other storm defenses that have undergone a $15 billion overhaul since Katrina struck in 2005.

E-mail jbetz@wfaa.com

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