Dont unpack your suitcases yet, folks
UPDATE: Theres a pretty decent weather blog on Weather Underground by a guy named Jeff Masters, who writes that there are two schools of thought on Ikes path. Interestingly, neither school has it coming directly at New Orleans. One has it going to Texas, the other to the Florida Panhandle even within 50 miles of Tampa. Often times the official track forecast merely averages the various tracking models and casts a wide cone hundreds of miles to the east and west, and that appears to be happening right now. The thing to remember is that all of the models have a significant margin of error 3 days out, and a great deal of wiggle room 5 days out. Hence the cone of uncertainty, a/k/a cone of confusion. Now that weve all learned how to evacuate, lets hope the mayor can figure out a better way to let us back in. Personally, Id love to see us not have to practice so often.
Good luck, everybody.