Editor's Note: Anderson Cooper 360° is in New Orleans tonight, as Tropical Storm Gustav barrels toward the Gulf of Mexico, expected to reach Category 3. We'll look at whether New Orleans is ready, after being devastated by Hurricane Katrina exactly three years ago today. Watch our special report tonight at 10p ET.
AC360° Editorial Producer
Three years ago, I took off on a plane from Atlanta to New Orleans thinking I’d be gone for a few days after covering a Cat 1, maybe Cat 2 hurricane. Little did I know I would end up there for more than a month.
Now, it’s time to go back again, to look at how the city has progressed since Katrina hit 3 years ago today, but also to find out if it’s ready for Gustav, the Tropical Storm that looks to be heading towards the Gulf Coast and intensify over the next couple of days. I don’t know if the city is ready, but I sure hope so.
I know people are worried, and Mayor Nagin is cutting his trip to the DNC short so he can get back to the Crescent City and make sure plans are in place in case Gustav bears down on New Orleans. My family that lives in the city as well as the northern suburbs have already started making arrangements for their evacuations. I know there are many, though, that can’t afford the hotels that are out there. Mayor Nagin says there are shelters available. Let’s hope so.
I started thinking this afternoon about what happened when Katrina hit. There are so many stories, and I’m sure most of them will never be told. But many will be told on this blog over the next couple of days. Keep an eye out for more from those who survived the storm, not only in New Orleans, but all along the Gulf Coast.
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