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Tropical Storm Isaac
2:33 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

About half of Louisiana without power as Isaac moves inland

About half of Louisiana is without power as Tropical Storm Isaac moves inland.

The Public Service Commission says 903,000 homes and businesses around the state — about 47 percent of all customers — are without power.

Entergy says that included about 686,000 of its customers. Another 87,000 were customers of Cleco Corp.

Tropical Storm Isaac
2:28 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Louisiana orders evacuation after Miss. dam threatened

Louisiana officials have ordered evacuation of low-lying areas along the Tangipahoa River because a dam at a state park lake in southwest Mississippi is in danger of failing.

Officials in Tangipahoa Parish, La., fear the water it would pour into the already swollen river would flood low-lying areas downstream from the park.

But Mississippi officials say they don't believe the volume of water in the 700-acre lake at Percy Quin State Park near McComb, Miss., would add enough flow to threaten communities downstream.

Tropical Storm Isaac
2:15 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Louisiana Guard responds to Hurricane Isaac landfall

Louisiana National Guardsman Spc. Peter H. Breslin prepares to back up officers from the New Orleans Police Department as they search a home that was broken into, Aug. 28, 2012.
Louisiana National Guard

The Louisiana National Guard pre-staged about 680 troops and assets across the New Orleans metropolitan area in order to better protect the community and its citizens as Hurricane Isaac churned across the Gulf Coast.

The slow-moving storm produced a tide surge of almost 11 feet above normal tide levels at Shell Beach, just south of New Orleans, as it moved ashore Wednesday and weakened to 70 mph winds.

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Tropical Storm Isaac
1:50 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Terrebonne Parish lifts Isaac curfew

The Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office has lifted the curfew that went into effect ahead of then-Hurricane Isaac.

Sheriff Jerry Larpenter says the curfew was lifted at 6 a.m. Thursday as was a ban on alcohol sales.

Larpenter says deputies will begin assessing damage in the parish, water levels and render aid to any residents in need.

Distribution sites that will supply emergency supplies to residents are being prepared and locations will be announced later.

Tropical Storm Isaac
1:44 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Gas Stations Reported Open/Closed

A list of gas stations reported open by our listeners (as of the date and time on the story above):

Gas station at Magazine & Jackson Ave. is out of gas

Chevron at Clearview near Veterans in Metairie pumping gas

Magnolia Discount on Carrollton has gas, no power; cash only

Gas station in front of Lowes on Elysian Fields is open with gas, long line

Exxon at Lee Circle open

Blue Harbor gas station on Hwy. 190

Gas station on Chef Menteur and Michaux has gas. Cash only

Station open at Westwood and Westbank Expressway

Tropical Storm Isaac
1:25 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Businesses Reported Open in St. Charles Parish


  • Pit Stop C, 12205 Highway 90 (fuel available)
  • Murphy gas station (in front of Walmart), Boutte
  • Shell at corner of Paul Maillard and Hwy. 90, Boutte
  • Shell stations in Norco and Destrehan
  • St. Rose Travel Center, St. Rose
  • Racetrac, St. Rose


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Tropical Storm Isaac
1:10 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Baton Rouge government offices reopen Friday

With the worst of Isaac blown through, Baton Rouge planned to reopen city-parish government offices Friday.

The capital city saw relatively minor damage from the storm, mainly tree damage and power outages.

The damage was not nearly as severe as when Hurricane Gustav devastated the area four years ago, severely damaging the power grid, toppling trees and leaving some houses stripped of roofs.

Tropical Storm Isaac
1:07 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Grand Isle mayor assessing damage

On Grand Isle, Mayor David Camardelle spent Thursday morning touring the island, assessing damage and making plans to get residents back home after the mandatory evacuation called as Isaac headed into the Gulf.

Camardelle says some of his efforts are hampered by a downed cell phone tower, which complicates communications.

Tropical Storm Isaac
12:57 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Signs of life return to New Orleans as Isaac moves on

Dawn brought lighter winds and intermittent rain in New Orleans. People in one Uptown neighborhood came out to begin cleaning up and just walk around. Police cars patrolled, but no city or power company crews were evident there early Thursday.

Sixty-seven-year-old Hal Mumford wasn't waiting for city workers to clean up the street outside his house. Feeling cooped up after two nights without power, he raked fallen branches away from a catch basin so water could drain out of the gutters.

Tropical Storm Isaac
12:53 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Lafourche Parish curfew partially lifted

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre says they've lifted the curfew for the northern part of the parish, including all areas between Thibodaux and the Bellevue Bridge to Lockport.

Webre says power has been partially restored in the area and the roads have been cleared significantly.