The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission says a nuclear power plant west of New Orleans was shut down because of the threat from Hurricane Isaac, but two others in or near the hurricane's path remain at full power.
The NRC says the Waterford 3 plant in Taft, La., began a controlled shutdown at 3 p.m. Tuesday. The plant is about 20 miles west of New Orleans in St. Charles Parish.
The NRC says the River Bend plant, about 25 miles northwest of Baton Rouge, La., and Grand Gulf, near Port Gibson, Miss., remain at full power.
People walk in the storm surge from Hurricane Isaac along Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans. Isaac was later downgraded to a tropical storm as it continued to grind its way through the Gulf Coast, dropping torrential rain and generating dangerous storm surges.
Originally published on Fri October 26, 2012 11:28 am
Isaac might not be in the same league as Hurricane Katrina seven years ago, but the latest storm to batter Louisiana's Gulf Coast is punching above its weight class in more ways than one, scientists say.
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We've been hearing, all morning, reports of Hurricane Isaac coming ashore along the gulf coast, and we're going, now, to Craig Fugate. He is the FEMA Administrator, the Federal Emergency Management Agency - and he is spending the morning on the gulf coast. Mr. Fugate, where are you now?
Now, Greg mentioned Plaquemines Parish. Look at a map of Louisiana and you'll see that parish, a finger of land sticking far out into the Gulf of Mexico. Jennifer Hale of WVUE Television is in the parish, spent the night there. And Ms. Hale, where are you now?