Authorities warned people in a handful of towns outside of New Orleans to get out early Thursday ahead of rising water brought on by hurricane-turned-tropical storm Isaac, which dumped more than 20 inches of rain in some areas.
National Guard troops were working early Thursday to evacuate thousands of people west of New Orleans after a storm surge brought on by hurricane-turned-tropical storm Isaac forced water over the banks of Lake Pontchartrain.
Much of the central Gulf Coast hunkered down early Wednesday as Hurricane Isaac battered the region. Authorities across the region warned residents to be prepared for heavy rain, high winds, coastal storm surges and flooding.
The fury of Isaac slammed into Louisiana with strong winds and pounding rain, generating the first real test early Wednesday of flood control systems and emergency services in New Orleans on the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.