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Last train before storm arrives in Atlanta from New Orleans

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As many people fled parts of Louisiana in anticipation of Isaac, the last Amtrak train from New Orleans to Atlanta before the storm arrived on Monday night.

The train was packed with people trying to get out of New Orleans before Isaac gets any closer. Many said they had survived Hurricanes Katrina and Gustav.

Linda Joseph couldn't be happier to see her 78-year-old mother.
"Ever since Katrina, I think people have a different mind-frame now," said Linda.

Stacy and Anthony Martinez are watching Isaac's path closely from their Marietta home. They left New Orleans seven years ago before Katrina demolished their home.

"I was right in between two of the major levee breaks," said Stacy Martinez. "We were just wiped out," said Stacy Martinez.

They say they worry about their family, who will ride out the storm in New Orleans, but they know the decision to evacuate isn't an easy one.

"When you have these threats more than one time a year – to get up and go, financially is hard. To sit in the car for that many hours with kids is difficult, where to go is a problem. It's just not that easy, Although it seems, when you don't live there, it seems like of course it'd be an easy decision, but it's not," said Stacy Martinez.
For Shirley Warren, who just arrived in Atlanta, the decision was an easy one.

"It was nerve-wracking. I was just praying, I'll tell you, I didn't know what I was going to do. I didn't want to be home by myself because my husband had just died and I didn't have anybody," said Warren.

She was in Atlanta during Katrina, but went back to her New Orleans home. She says this time will be different.

"I'm getting too old, I can't keep running like this," said Warren.

Shirley's daughter Linda says she's going to do her best to keep her mom here in Atlanta.

Amtrak has cancelled all trains between New Orleans and Atlanta for the next few days.

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