One problem with the front page is that you can't stretch it. Not length-wise and not width-wise. It is what it is. Newsprint cut to fit on our presses. The printed area is 21 inches deep by 10 inches wide. It doesn't expand on big news days.
One of the reasons that we are watching the progress of Hurricane Isaac closely is our experience with Hurricane Katrina seven years ago this week. Katrina hit New Orleans and the Gulf Coast on a Monday. The news out of New Orleans on that Monday suggested that things were bad, but not cataclysmic.