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Tropical Storm Isaac
4:56 am
Thu August 30, 2012

View Of Isaac From Mandeville, La.

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 5:39 am

Marlaine Peachey works in the mayor's office in Mandeville, La. During severe weather she mans the office 24-7. She tells Steve Inskeep that Hurricane Issac was a water event they didn't expect.

Tropical Storm Isaac
4:56 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Effects Of Issac Linger, Power Is Out For Many

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 5:26 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep.

It is the wind that defines the strength of a hurricane. The storm is not a hurricane at all until the wind reaches 74 miles per hour. Hurricane Isaac's sustained winds were not much beyond that, so it was a Category 1 storm, not two, three, four or five. But if the winds define a hurricane, it's the water that can do the most damage.

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Tropical Storm Isaac
9:43 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Isaac costs to La. government at $24M and counting

Gov. Bobby Jindal says the preparation and response to Isaac has cost state and local government more than $24 million so far.

And the costs are expected to continue climbing.

Jindal said Wednesday that state agencies have spent $14.7 million, at a rate of about $2.9 million a day. He says parish agencies have spent $9.5 million and counting.

"We expect that burn rate to increase significantly, especially as we start distributing commodities," he said.

Tropical Storm Isaac
9:42 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Isaac overturns kayak on house-to-truck paddle

Winds from Tropical Storm Isaac overturned a kayaker who was paddling to his truck, and St. Tammany Parish sheriff's deputies had to rescue the man and his dog.

Sheriff's spokesman George Bonnett Jr. says the man had parked his truck along Highway 90 in the Slidell area, and was paddling from his home to the truck with his dog Wednesday morning when the accident prompted a call to 911.

Bonnett says Marine Division deputies tied themselves to their vehicles with long ropes, then swam to the rescue.

Tropical Storm Isaac
9:40 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Coast Guard to start river inspection Thursday

The Coast Guard plans to assess conditions on the Mississippi River beginning shortly after dawn Thursday to determine when the river can reopen to shipping.

Port of New Orleans officials say the river could reopen by the weekend. The river was closed on Monday ahead of Tropical Storm Isaac.

Authorities say nine cargo ships are waiting to enter the river and the cruise ship Carnival Elation is due to arrive on Thursday.

Port president Gary LaGrange says the cruise ship is the top priority when ships are allowed to enter the river.

Tropical Storm Isaac
9:39 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

1,500 forced from homes by rising water

In St. John the Baptist Parish about 25 miles from New Orleans, at least 1,500 people were forced from their homes by floodwaters and thousands should evacuate, according to the governor's office.

Rising water closed off all main thoroughfares into the parish, and in many areas, water lapped up against houses and left cars stranded. F

Floodwaters rose to waist-high in some LaPlace neighborhoods, and the Louisiana National Guard was working with sheriff's deputies to rescue people stranded in their homes and surprised by the flooding.

Tropical Storm Isaac
9:37 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Jefferson Parish workers off until Tuesday

Jefferson Parish officials say parish and municipal employees will be off through the Labor Day weekend because of Tropical Storm Isaac.

All workers are expected to return to work on Tuesday. A hotline for more information has been set up for parish and municipal workers. It is 504-736-6003.

Tropical Storm Isaac
9:36 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Isaac forces Xavier runners out of meet

Xavier University says its men's and women's cross country teams have withdrawn from a met scheduled Friday at Mississippi College in Clinton, Miss.

The university closed Monday as Tropical Storm Isaac approached and will not reopen until Tuesday.

University officials said it is school policy that teams do not compete when Xavier closes for emergencies.

Tropical Storm Isaac
9:17 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Water expected to rise in St. Charles

St. Charles Parish officials say they are watching for rising water as south winds driven by the tail end of Tropical Storm Isaac create storm surge.

Officials said the threat is expected on the west bank of the Mississippi River during the overnight hours, especially in neighborhoods south of U.S. Highway 90.

Power lines were down around the parish and some roadways were flooded. However, as of Wednesday night there were no reports of homes being flooded.

A 24-hour curfew is in effect until further notice.

Tropical Storm Isaac
9:14 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

McNeese State closed for storm

McNeese State University will be closed Thursday because of uncertainty over the path of Tropical Storm Isaac.

University officials say a decision on whether to reopen offices and resume classes on Friday will be made by 6 p.m. on Thursday.

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