LAKELAND, Fla. — In a last-minute change of plans, Mitt Romney will head to visit storm-affected areas in New Orleans today, skipping a previously scheduled joint rally with running mate Paul Ryan in the battleground state of Virginia this afternoon.

A Romney aide told ABC News that Romney will “join Gov. Jindal and will meet with first responders, thank them for their work and see areas impacted by the storm in LaFitte, La.”

Jindal cancelled his plans earlier this week to attend the Republican National Convention after Hurricane Isaac moved up the Gulf Coast and wreaked damage across Louisiana. Two deaths have been reported in Louisiana as a result of the storm and widespread damage and flooding. The storm hit on the seven-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

Obama Schedule — Friday, August 31, 2012 – WHD

9:30 am ET || Departs the White House
12:15 pm MT || Participates in a roundtable discussion with service-members and military families; Fort Bliss
1:00 pm MT || Delivers remarks to the troops
2:10 pm MT || Departs El Paso, Texas
8:00 pm ET || Arrives White House

HT: Drudge