|Updated: 8/30/2012 9:55 am
||Published: 8/29/2012 10:08 pm
Something as simple as making a phone call has been put on hold.
Hundreds of thousands are without power along the Central Gulf Coast.
Courtney Cochran doesn't go far without her phone. She has been watching Isaac, ever since the threat of danger surfaced. She has family along the Gulf Coast and right now some of them are experiencing strong winds and flooding.
"My sister and her boyfriend evacuated,” said Cochran.
They arrived Monday after driving more than 600 miles. They brought their dog, Jewels, too. Cochran agreed to let them stay with her in Tahlequah.
"They told everyone they had to be out by noon," said Cochran’s sister, Angela Casey.
Casey sister lives just outside New Orleans and said traffic wasn't tight heading out of town, but going in, there was plenty of help.
"We saw at least 50 Army trucks coming up,” said Casey.
Casey went through the same routine four years ago, with Hurricane Gustav.
"It was scary not knowing what you were going to come back to,” said Casey.
To pass time the two cook, text and Facebook. Hundreds of thousands within Isaac's reach are without power.
"My grandma stayed in New Orleans to ride out the hurricane," said Cochran.
While the storm now losing strength, the amount of damage will become clearer soon.
Cochran and Casey said their families along the Gulf Coast are fine.
Tropical Storm Isaac has flooded highways and homes, and pushed water over the top of a vital levee. Thousands ignored evacuation warnings, and Wednesday morning hundreds were rescued.