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Hurricane Isaac made landfall Tuesday afternoon smashing the Gulf Coast and sweeping dangerously close to New Orleans—exactly seven years to the day of Hurricane Katrina. Despite the creepy coincidence, the slow-moving storm avoided a head-on collision with NOLA and is now reported to be moving northwest toward Houma, La., at approximately 6 mph.

Via The Washington Post:

In New Orleans, where no evacuation order has been issued, many residents chose to stay put. Most businesses were closing late Tuesday, but a few bars were still open in some spots, such as the French Quarter.

“Now is the time to hunker down,” New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu urged late Tuesday. In a news conference, he decried “knuckleheads” who were splashing in the waters of Lake Pontchartrain, ignoring warnings to stay indoors.

Earlier this morning, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said the system of levees, pumps, and floodgates around New Orleans was working well. So far power outages and minor flooding has occurred in the city, which lies below sea level. The Category 1 storm has been deemed far less powerful than Hurricane Katrina, which struck on the morning of Aug. 29, 2005.

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Tom Bie is the founder, editor, and publisher of The Drake. He started the magazine in 1998 as an annual newsprint publication based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He then moved it to Steamboat, Colorado (1999), Boulder, Colorado (2001), and San Clemente, California (2004), as he took jobs as managing editor at Paddler, Senior Editor at Skiing, and Editor-in-Chief at Powder, respectively. Tom and The Drake are now both based in Denver, Colorado, where The Drake is finally all grows up(Swingers, 1996) to a quarterly magazine.

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