A couple of weeks ago I headed to Tampa to cover the Republican National Convention. After about 24 hours on the ground, I was back at the airport, headed to New Orleans to cover Hurricane Isaac. When I arrived, I headed out to hunt for a pre-storm story and found people swimming and kayaking in the suddenly rough surf of Lake Pontchartrain. I produced this piece about the fun they were having before holing up in my hotel room in preparation for the impending storm.
Sitting in my hotel room, I felt anxious because I wasn’t out producing anything. But it was decidedly unsafe and too dark to go outside. So, I set up the camera to look out onto Canal Street from the fabulous view I had in my room and recorded a timelapse for about 12 hours. I put together this quick piece to show the storm blowing through downtown New Orleans.
After the storm passed, Ricky Carioti, Manuel Roig-Franzia and I headed out to survey the damage. We heard about flooding in the suburbs of New Orleans and headed to Slidell to check it out. We found people rowing boats through feet-deep flooded downtown streets rescuing people from their homes. I shot this piece and edited it quickly in the car on the way back to New Orleans.
Br Friday I was back on an airplane, returning to Washington, D.C., happy to New Orleans was spared on the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.