And they have reason to be. Wednesday marks seven years since Hurricane Katrina made landfall in southeast Louisiana, on the morning of Aug. 29, 2005.
Isaac's Category 1 prediction, with its promise of weaker winds and smaller storm surges, hasn't assuaged fears.
Coastal residents from the Mississippi Delta to Destin are taking shelter with plenty of water, supplies and non-perishables to ride it out — or, alternately, haunted by the still-fresh memories of the last big storm, are gassing up and evacuating immediately.
Isaac's Category 1 prediction, with its promise of weaker winds and smaller storm surges, hasn't assuaged the fears of my family friends who live on Algiers Point in New Orleans; the memory of Katrina's wrath is too much to forget in a lifetime, let alone seven years.
That Category 5 storm had momentous, lasting effects: It changed the lives of sturdy Gulf Coast inhabitants, it changed the way NOLA residents saw their law enforcement officers, it changed the way the federal government responded to large-scale disasters. It altered the landscape of Houston, which absorbed as many as 250,000 Katrina evacuees.
Tropical Storm Isaac has pounded the Caribbean islands and the Florida Keys and New Orleans is right in its projected path. When it makes landfall on the mainland U.S. — currently expected at 10 p.m. on Tuesday — the storm is predicted to be an official hurricane, harnessing winds of 90-miles-per-hour.