Jason Saul

Director of Digital Services + Corporate Development

Jason Saul is WWNO's Director of Digital Services, a multimedia journalist and a member of the station's corporate media underwriting team, dedicated to fostering partnerships with local businesses in support of their outreach efforts and WWNO’s fundraising goals.

Jason heads up WWNO's sports desk, is the point person for digital initiatives and social media outreach, and is a spot news and features reporter during major events.

Jason, a native of New York (but a long-time resident of the Crescent City), has an extensive background in traditional, digital and social media, and the intersections between them.

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Tropical Storm Karen
4:55 pm
Sat October 5, 2013

Tropical Storm Karen Stalls, Expected To Stay Mostly Offshore

Tropical Storm Karen's projected path.
Credit National Hurricane Center

Tropical storm Karen weakened more overnight, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The storm, now with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph, and moving north at just 2 mph, has been sheared apart by dry Gulf winds and is being steered further by a cold front moving eastward through the central US.

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Tropical Storm Karen
3:07 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Port Of New Orleans, Carnival Cruise Ships Preparing For Tropical Storm Karen

Cranes and cargo containers at the Port of New Orleans.
Erin Krall WWNO

The Port of New Orleans says workers are preparing for Tropical Storm Karen, but cargo operations are continuing uninterrupted, despite the closure of Southwest Pass at the mouth of the Mississippi River.

However, Carnival Cruise Line ships scheduled to arrive at the port this weekend may be delayed until Monday, the port and the cruise company are saying. Guests aboard the Carnival Elation and the Carnival Conquest are being kept apprised of the storm, and both vessels are said to be sailing a safe distance from the storm.

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Tropical Storm Karen
2:19 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

La. 1 Toll Collections Suspended

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has suspended toll collections at La. 1 in Leeville in response to the mandatory evacuation of Grand Isle, the agency announced this afternoon.

DOTD says the tolls have been suspended in order to facilitate emergency and protective services and evacuation as Tropical Storm Karen approaches the coast. The agency will make an announcement when tolls are scheduled to resume.

Tropical Storm Karen
2:02 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Tropical Storm Karen: Entergy New Orleans Power Outage Map

View the Entergy New Orleans power outage map.

This interactive map provided by Entergy shows the number of power outages and customers affected in the New Orleans metro region, as well as approximate restoration times.

Check back frequently, as conditions can change rapidly during a severe weather event like Tropical Storm Karen.

Tropical Storm Karen
1:38 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

St. Tammany Parish Declares State Of Emergency

St. Tammany Parish has declared a state of emergency parish-wide as a preventative measure in advance of the effects of Tropical Storm Karen, the parish announced today.

Parish President Pat Brister signed the executive order declaring the emergency at 10:45 a.m.

The parish has begun implementing parts of its storm plan, but has not called for any evacuations.

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Tropical Storm Karen
1:08 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Lafourche Parish Declares State Of Emergency, Issues Partial Mandatory Evacuation Order

Lafourche Parish has declared a state of emergency in advance of Tropical Storm Karen, and has issued a mandatory evacuation order for areas of the parish south of the Leon Theriot Floodgates in Golden Meadow.

The mandatory evacuation order includes Port Fourchon, and begins at 2 p.m.

The parish is bracing for the arrival of Karen, which could bring tropical storm-force winds between 25 to 60 mph, and dump up to 3 to 4 inches of rain, over the next 48 hours.

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Tropical Storm Karen
12:34 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Plaquemines Parish Issues Eastbank Mandatory Evacuation Order

Plaquemines Parish has issued a mandatory evacuation order for the eastbank of the parish, and all communities on the westbank with no levee protection. The evacuation order begins at 6:00 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3.

Additionally, a voluntary evacuation order has been called for the westbank of the parish from Ironton to Venice. The Belle Chasse Auditorium will open at 6:00 p.m. as a place of shelter, but residents are advised to bring their own provisions with them.

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Tropical Storm Karen
11:45 am
Fri October 4, 2013

University Of Louisiana At Lafayette Monitoring Storm

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is planning to continue all normal operations throughout Tropical Storm Karen, the university announced today in a press release posted to its Facebook page. That includes Saturday's home football game against Texas State.

University officials say they are monitoring the storm as it develops, and will post updates if the situation changes to campus notification systems, websites, social media and other outlets.

Hurricane Season
9:27 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Updated: Projected Rain, Wind And Storm Surge Impact Of Tropical Storm Karen

The projected rainfall impact of Tropical Storm Karen on the New Orleans metro region. Last updated Fri., Oct. 4 at 8:45 a.m.
National Weather Service

The National Weather Service's New Orleans office has released an updated series of maps indicating the projected impact of Tropical Storm Karen on the metro area.

The NHS warns that maps such as these are subject to change based on a wide range of factors as the storm approaches. This post will be updated with new maps as the storm progresses.

This post has been updated.

Hurricane Season
1:26 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Army Corps Of Engineers To Close Surge Barrier In Advance Of Tropical Storm Karen

Diagram of surge barrier and gates.
US Army Corps of Engineers

The Army Corps of Engineers will close the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway barge gate at the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal-Lake Borgne Surge Barrier, the agency announced today in a press release.

The barrier is scheduled to be closed at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, according to Corps of Engineers spokesman Ken Holder.

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