August 17, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints assistant head coach and linebackers coach Joe Vitt talks to some of his players during the second half of a preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Jaguars defeated the Saints 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

Saints making preparations for Tropical Storm Issac


 

Coming off the heels of a 34-27 victory against the Houston Texans, the New Orleans Saints are executing a new game plan; avoiding Tropical Storm Issac.

The National Weather Service’s latest forecast for the storm has it making landfall on the Mississippi Gulf Coast but there is chance the tropical storm could impact New Orleans.

The Saints have cancelled practice and meetings on Monday so that players can evacuate their families.

Saints interim head coach Joe Vitt, still under control of the team until the end of the preseason, has a contingency plan for whether the storm makes landfall sooner rather than later.

If need be, we will have wheels up and go to Tennessee Tuesday morning at eight o’clock. If we can get our regular practice in, we will get it in here, leave after practice and we’ll evaluate it from there. – Interim Coach Joe Vitt

 

Vitt is operating under the advisement that the storm will hit on Wednesday. There is a plan for the Saints to leave Monday morning and head to Cincinnati if Issac’s speed toward the coast accelerates.

While Issac is only a tropical storm at the moment, the entire Gulf Coast is taking it seriously.

After Hurricane Katrina did considerable damage to many cities across the Gulf Coast in 2005, most notably New Orleans, many in the region are taking a ‘Better safe then sorry’ approach.

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has already declared a State of Emergency in the State. Vitt’s advice: Take shelter and stay safe.

 

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  • louisianakid1954

    God be with my family in Louisiana, God keep your hands around New Orleans Saints and they familys Lord. Lord we know down on the Gulf Coast there are a lot of families on the Coast lines father just keep them safe Lord. From Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Lord we know your power Lord we had you to make the stroms behave. You knows what all New Orleans which is hometown as well Lord they need you once again to show your mercy on all families on the Gulf Coast. Amen!!