» A large storm stays together: While not nearly as strong as Hurricane Katrina, the storm is nonetheless dropping a ton of rain — up to 20 inches in some places — and due to its large size, National Hurricane Center director Rick Knabb says that the storm is “not going to fall apart real quick.” Local officials are assessing rescue efforts needed for those stuck in flooded homes.
I am urging everyone to take precautions now, monitor weather warnings, and be prepared for whatever Isaac may bring.Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley • In a statement regarding Tropical Storm Isaac, which, almost exactly seven years to the day, is following a very similar path to Hurricane Katrina, starting relatively weakly around Florida and hitting the Gulf Coast states, where it may strengthen. Bentley has evacuated low-lying and coastal areas in his state. Other regions are also considering evacuation plans, including New Orleans, which was very badly struck by Hurricane Katrina. Mayor Mitch Landrieu says that the city, if it needs it, says that it is better-prepared to handle a major hurricane this time around.
» Not making an appearance? Joe Biden: Days after the Democratic vice president scheduled a politically-unprecedented visit to Tampa to coincide with the other party’s convention, he cancelled it “due to disaster preparedness and local security concerns” regarding the potentially-damaging Hurricane Isaac, according to the Obama campaign. The convention is still on despite the oncoming hurricane, by the way.