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Tropical Storm Isaac
11:06 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Isaac closing at least six Louisiana casinos

Tropical Storm Isaac is closing at least a half-dozen casinos in Louisiana — four in the New Orleans area, one in Baton Rouge and one in Morgan City.

The Treasure Chest in suburban Kenner closed Monday afternoon, and Boomtown New Orleans was closing at 10 p.m. Monday. Harrah's Casino, the only state-regulated land casino in Louisiana, was closing a minute before midnight, and the Amelia Belle in Morgan City at midnight.

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Hurricane Isaac
11:05 am
Tue August 28, 2012

New Orleans Braces For Isaac

Isaac is headed toward the Gulf Coast, and Louisiana's governor has declared a state of emergency. The storm is threatening to hit New Orleans as the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches. Host Michel Martin speaks with Lt. Col. Jerry Sneed of Homeland Security in New Orleans, about how they're preparing the city for the storm.

Tropical Storm Isaac
10:49 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Isaac delays alligator season opening in southeast Louisiana

Tropical Storm Isaac is pushing back the alligator season in southeast Louisiana.

The 30-day season had been scheduled to open Wednesday in the east zone — 13 southeastern parishes and parts of eight others.

But with Isaac expected to make landfall as a hurricane on Tuesday in southeast Louisiana, the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries rescheduled that opening to Saturday.

It says alligator season is still scheduled to open Sept. 5 in the rest of Louisiana, though that could change, depending on storm damage and how the East Zone harvest is going.

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Hurricane Isaac
10:10 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Hurricane Isaac Wind and Rainfall Projection Maps

Latest Hurricane Isaac rainfall projections.
National Weather Service

The latest Hurricane Isaac projections from the National Weather Center. The first map presents rainfall projections; the second, the probability of experiencing tropical storm-force winds.

UPDATED 11:28 a.m. to reflect Isaac's upgrade to a hurricane.

The Two-Way
7:06 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Isaac, On The Verge Of Hurricane Strength, Forecast For Landfall Tonight

People sit on a bench along the seawall in the storm surge from Isaac, on Lakeshore Drive along Lake Pontchartrain, as the storm approaches landfall, in New Orleans, Tuesday, Aug. 28.
Gerald Herbert AP

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 10:13 pm

The Latest At 11:06 P.M. ET Little Change In Strength

The National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Isaac will continue moving near or over the southeastern coast of Louisiana on Tuesday night, and move inland during the next day or so.

"Little change in strength is forecast tonight," it said at 10 p.m. CDT. "Slow weakening is expected after that."

As we reported earlier, widespread flooding was expected. Isaac was moving toward Baton Rouge, La.

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Business
6:13 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Oil Refineries Wait For Isaac To Pass

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 8:32 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with an eye on oil prices.

Isaac is not expected to grow beyond a Category 1 hurricane and that is easing some concerns it could damage oil and gas refineries along the Gulf Coast. Still, several have shut down operations and will probably be offline for a couple days. Depending on Isaac's severity, analysts say gas prices could go up by about 10 cents or so in the coming weeks. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.

Tropical Storm Isaac
5:00 am
Tue August 28, 2012

New Orleans Set For Isaac's Arrival

New Orleans is closing itself off as it awaits the arrival of a storm churning its way over the Gulf of Mexico. Officials are confident that they’re well prepared for what’s coming.

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Tropical Storm Isaac
8:15 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

New Orleans City Park closed through Wednesday

New Orleans City Park announced it will be closed through Wednesday in anticipation of the arrival of Tropical Storm Isaac.

The shuttered attractions include Storyland, the Botanical Gardens, boat and bike rentals, the Parkview Café, the golf course and tennis center, and the NOLA City Bark dog park.

Tropical Storm Isaac
8:07 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

St. Charles Parish evacuation underway

The St. Charles Parish President has called for a mandatory evacuation effective at 6 p.m. Sunday for all residents in St. Charles Parish due to Tropical Storm Isaac. 

What does this mean?
It means that conditions from Hurricane Isaac will be such that widespread damage and flooding are possible. It also means that vital services such as food stores, fuel and medical services may be unavailable for an indefinite period. Accordingly, residents are strongly advised to seek shelter outside of St. Charles Parish. 

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Tropical Storm Isaac
7:57 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Washington Parish to open emergency shelters in advance of Isaac

Washington Parish President Richard Thomas has asked the Red Cross to assist in opening shelters in advance of Tropical Storm Isaac's landfall, the parish said in a statement posted on its Facebook page.

Shelters will open at 6:00 a.m. Tuesday, the parish said, and remain open until the inclement weather subsides.

The shelters are safe havens only, the parish said, and do not have backup electricity. Residents are urged to bring necessities such as bedding, toiletries and medications with them.

Shelters are located at:

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