There wasn't much left to be packed Saturday when Grand Isle's 1,400 residents were ordered to head for the mainland because of approaching Tropical Storm Hermine. It was their third storm evacuation in as many weeks.
"Just about everything's ready to move. It's a test run the first time. The second time is easy. The third, you're all ready to go," Steve Resweber said as he got ready to leave.Along with Mayor David Carmadelle's evacuation order for Grand Isle, about 600 residents of two low-lying parts of Lafourche Parish also were ordered out after Hermine grew from a tropical depression during the morning.
Almost all of Grand Isle's 1,500 residents had left town by late afternoon as winds reached 25 mph and sea water from tides a foot higher than normal sloshed over some of roads.
In other weather news, Hurricane Georges strengthened to an "extremely dangerous" Category 4 storm Saturday, capable of causing severe damage as its 145-mph winds bore down on the small islands of the eastern Caribbean.
Georges was moving west-northwest at 20 mph and was expected to begin affecting the easternmost islands Saturday morning, with the center of the storm passing over the islands later in the day.