Eerie similarities: Isaac follows track of Katrina, evacuations ordered for coast

Monday, August 27, 2012
By Paul Martin
Mon August 27, 2012

Tampa, Florida (CNN) — As the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s landfall approaches, New Orleans — and much of the Gulf Coast — is preparing to put into practice the lessons learned from that defining storm.

Tropical Storm Isaac is following a path eerily similar to Katrina’s in 2005.

There are some obvious differences — Isaac is much weaker than Katrina — but the storm nonetheless will require Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi to execute emergency management plans that were partly shaped by Katrina.

Thousands in the Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama on Monday were told to evacuate their Gulf Coast homes.

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