Transcript for Hurricane Isaac Hits New Orleans: A Night in the Ninth Ward
Every hour you step outside, this storm is delivering its worst. These people have been through so many storms like this. Bill weir is joining me live. Yet, they have this optimistic. You have been with them all morning long. Good morning, sam. We do the stories and the locals have the pragmatic joy devive. I checked the attitudes. Where there were trees on tuesday, there is kindling on magazine street this morning. Power lines down, snaking across city streets, after transformers exploded through the city overnight. There were a handful of arrests early, as looters took advantage of the chaos. Sheriffs, police, national guard, all out in force. The 17th street canal was able to maintain the rain fall and cresting waves. While water in the orleans canal spewed. The ninth ward, nearly desserted. And our affiliate, wgno lost power while live on the air. We lost the power, as well. Reporter: During breaks in the rain bands, we went in search of local color. I was here for katrina. I was here for gustav. But I never had a chance to experience a true local tradition, which is a locals hurricane party. Explain the mindset of a local here. Is there dread? I was here for katrina. I was a little nervous. In the end, it's security. We're come here because if something really bad happens, all these people here, I'm sure they can help you do something. Reporter: Then again, that was around midnight. A lot of people left that bar, 6:00 a.M. And the winds, stronger. The rain coming down harder than ever. And there's still bands left in this storm. Bill. Robin, we're going to be talking about this in new orleans for quite some time. And in the country, as well.
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