29 August 2012
Last updated at 11:58
Almost seven years to the day since Hurricane Katrina hit, Bourbon Street in New Orleans stood virtually deserted as bars, restaurants and businesses shut up shop ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Isaac.
Isaac made landfall for the first time in Louisiana late on Tuesday, bringing storm surges here at Plaquemines Parish, then headed back out over the sea before touching down again early on Wednesday morning.
Residents were bracing for winds of at least 80mph (130km/h). The authorities in Louisiana say some communities will be battered for up to 10 hours.
Officials advised caution but stopped short of ordering an evacuation. However, tens of thousands of people were moved from low-lying areas, including 700 residents at Louisiana nursing homes.
Animal charities have also stepped in to move pets out of harm's way, including these puppies which were taken across the border to a shelter in Houston, Texas.
In Chauvin, Louisiana, residents loaded up bags with sand to protect their homes as they prepare for Isaac's arrival.
People in New Orleans are hoping that the new flood defence barriers put in place after Hurricane Katrina will be sufficient to protect the city.
But though Isaac is a Category One hurricane, it is nowhere near as powerful as Katrina.
Flooding has already hit some areas, including here in Louis, Mississippi.
States of emergency have been declared in Louisiana and Mississippi to allow access to federal funds.
Isaac has already wreaked havoc in Haiti - pictured here - and the Dominican Republic, killing at least 24 people. But Cuba was spared as the storm crossed the island's eastern flank instead of barrelling across its centre as originally predicted.