TULSA - Oklahomans with close ties to Louisiana are reaching out to loved ones as Tropical Storm Isaac approaches.
One Tulsan is worried about more than just his family taking a hit.
Ed Richard may be in Tulsa, but his heart is in his hometown of Lafayette, La.
"A little bit off center of the storm right now," he said.
He's thinking about his family, who live near the Gulf Coast, as Isaac nears.
"Most of them right now are planning on riding it out. They're thinking that it's not going to be a real bad storm. Of course you never know, you don't know which way it's going or how strong it's going to get," Richard said.
He's not just concerned about his family in Louisiana. He's also keeping an eye on how the potential hurricane could affect his livelihood.
Richard owns Cajun Ed's Hebert's Specialty Meats in Tulsa. They ship most of their products to Oklahoma from the Gulf Coast.
"We serve a lot of fried oysters and shrimp, and right now we're cooking alligator and that's also from the coast," Richard said.
Luckily, ahead of the storm he ordered a big shipment of seafood, but Richard's still concerned about his food supply.
"It does affect the prices of the seafood, and the availability of the seafood," he said. "You know because all of the shrimp boats have to go in. Everything shuts down and gets out of the way of the storm."
For now, Chef Justin Andrus keeps the food coming. He also has family in Lafayette.
"I called my mom this morning, and they're kind of packing and waiting to see what's going to happen before they actually leave, if they do leave," he said.
He remembers the feeling all to well.
"Sometimes, people are so used to it, and they don't leave. But after Katrina happened, they're starting to be on their toes now more than ever," Andrus said.
So for now, Richard and Andrus keep cooking up some Cajun, enjoying comfort food from home as they keep an eye on the storm.
"And so we just kind of wait and watch and see what happens. You know we have enough supplies here to last us for awhile, so we're in good shape," Richard said.
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