Hurricane Isaac is hitting home as dozens of people from Northeast Ohiohave headed straight into the storm.

The mood right now among those who live there and those coming to help is wait for the storm to be over and see where the damage is and what can be done about it.

Hurricane Katrina refugee Renee Ives moved from Chagrin Falls back to New Orleans on August 7, three weeks ago. It was just in time for Isaac’s arrival.

“We know it’s a possibility living there, so it’s not that we don’t know that. We just didn’t expect it to be that soon,” said Ives.

She grabbed pictures, food and a few special items before evacuating in the middle of the night. She’s staying with family in Arkansas until the storm blows over.

“You never know what’s going to happen once it hits land, or gets close to land, so that’s why we always leave,” she said.

But others stayed to experience the storm stalling right on top of the city.

“The wind’s very very strong. It sounds like someone’s howling outside,” said Ingrid Tyler, who has family in Akron.

Tyler is one of hundreds of thousands of residents hunkered inside, in the dark. She decided against evacuating with her three children because of the cost.

The scene is similar along the Alabama coast. “You’re dealing with flooded streets, flooded parking lots. Some people are trapped in their homes who stayed,” said Sabrina LeBeaud from her home in Mobile.

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