After churning through the Caribbean and chugging up the Gulf of Mexico, Hurricane Isaac made landfall over southeastern Louisiana on Tuesday night -- bringing with it sustained winds of 80 mph and torrential rains.
A mandatory evacuation of all of Assumption Parish has been issued. Assumption Parish is expecting sustained winds of 50 - 70 mph with gusts at 85 mph. Tropical storm force winds are expected by 6:00 a.m.
People in New Orleans and across the gulf are reviewing their evacuation plans and stocking up on supplies as Tropical Storm Isaac approaches.
The preparations actually began, however, seven years ago in the wake of Katrina.
The LSU Emergency Operations Center has been activated and is carefully monitoring Tropical Storm Isaac. In addition, LSU's Carl Maddox Field House has been designated a Medical Special Needs Shelter by the state.
Additional volunteers are needed to provide comfort for those in need across south Louisiana. The American Red Cross continues to ramp up volunteers and supplies for shelter and feeding operations as Isaac moves toward Louisiana.