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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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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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Tropical Storm Isaac
7:41 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Washington Parish sandbag locations

Washington Parish is making sandbag locations available to residents starting at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday. The locations are:

  • Bogalusa Ave B Sports Complex
  • Bogalusa Cassidy Park, 625 Willis Ave, Bogalusa LA
  • WP Fire District #7 17380 Bill Booty Road, Bogalusa La
  • WP Public Works #1 – 801 Pearl St, Franklinton, LA
  • WP Publc Works #2 – 7 Mile Rd & Hwy 10 (Yacc Bldg)
Tropical Storm Isaac
7:38 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Tropical Storm Isaac School Closings

Schools closed throughout the metro region, by parish.

This list is current as of the time and date at the top of this page. The list will be updated as more information becomes available.

Universities

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Tropical Storm Isaac
7:20 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Isaac leads airlines to cancel New Orleans flights

Several airlines are cancelling all of their New Orleans flights in anticipation of hurricane winds and rain from Isaac.

American Airlines, Southwest and United are all suspending operations in the city. The move comes after large cancelations in Southern Florida Sunday due to Tropical Storm Isaac.

The storm is over the Gulf of Mexico. It is expected to grow into a Category 1 hurricane and hit land late Tuesday night. A Category 1 hurricane has winds ranging from 74 mph to 95 mph.

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Tropical Storm Isaac
6:52 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Airport to cease operation at end of day

The Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport will cease operation at the end of today, and remain closed until at least Wednesday, officials said in a press release.

No flights are scheduled for Tuesday, August 28.

Airport officials also reiterated that the facility is not an evacuation shelter, and people will not be permitted to remain in the terminal during the storm. Parking garages are also restricted to ticketed passengers only, and travelers should be prepared to show a printed boarding pass or itinerary in order to enter Airport property.

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Tropical Storm Isaac
6:41 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Louisiana utility companies ready for Isaac's blow

Utility crews are surveying the power lines and thousands of utility workers from other states are on standby, as Louisiana power companies readied for Tropical Storm Isaac.

Fresh in minds around the state's capital city was Hurricane Gustav, which struck as a Category 2 storm in 2008 — and surprised Baton Rouge with power outages that lasted 10 days or more in many areas.

Public Service Commissioner Jimmy Field, who represents the Baton Rouge area, says he's confident power companies are ready for Isaac, expected to strike as a hurricane.

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