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Active Issac

Stephen Quinn

Rain slapped like needles and wind blew apart stop signs as Isaac continued to roll into the Gulf Coast at a slow seven miles per hour yesterday morning.
The Category 1 hurricane has closed all area schools, flooded Highway 90, more commonly known as Beach Boulevard, and, as expected, brought back memories still so raw of Hurricane Katrina, which had been the reason more preparations were taken for this week’s storm.
“When you know the storm’s coming, you get ready for the storm,” said Martha Tripp, who is taking shelter at the Department of Veterans Affairs until Isaac completely passes through. “If you live on the Coast, you know that this is what’s expected.”
Towns along the Mississippi Gulf Coast have been under curfew, most from dusk until dawn, while law enforcement and the National Guard have patrolled the communities that, despite the governor’s state of emergency declarations, are still filled with families braving the storm.
“We have a major responsibility to the homeowners,” Biloxi Chief of Police John Miller said in regard to the curfew. “It’s not uncommon for burglars and thieves to use that to their benefit.”
Isaac, now downgraded to a tropical storm, brought winds of up to 75 miles per hour and a storm surge that reached 12 feet high. Downed power lines and fallen limbs have been the biggest damage seen so far, which explains the more than 20,000 reported outages in the state. But there is good news for those on the Coast as the worst has moved along.
For those north of the water, though, there will be much rain and wind in the coming days, although not as strong, as the storm is expected to weaken as it moves northwest