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Tropical Storm Isaac
6:33 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Southern University campuses shut down for Isaac

The Southern University System is shutting down campuses in advance of the storm.

The system announced that Southern University-New Orleans has canceled all remaining classes Monday and will remain shuttered through Wednesday. SUNO is evacuating 90 students living in residential facilities to the system's Baton Rouge campus.

Meanwhile, the Baton Rouge campus won't hold classes Tuesday and Wednesday, the system announced.

Tropical Storm Isaac
6:30 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Parts of Tangipahoa asked to evacuate

Tangipahoa Parish officials are asking residents living south of Louisiana Highway 22 to voluntarily evacuate to higher ground because of Tropical Storm Isaac.

Parish President Gordon Burgess said the area is in south Tangipahoa, including the Manchac community where Lake Maurepas empties into Lake Pontchartrain.

Tropical Storm Isaac
6:03 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Department of Transportation Advises Motorists to Use 511 Travel Info. System

With Tropical Storm Isaac tracking toward Louisiana, the Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) reminds citizens they can get the latest updates on real-time traffic and road conditions by using the 511 Traveler Information System.

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The Two-Way
5:02 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

As Isaac Strengthens, Louisiana's Levees, Flood Gates Gird For Post-Katrina Test

A satellite view of Isaac churning in the Gulf of Mexico.
National Hurricane Center

The National Hurricane Center says that it expects Tropical Storm Isaac to continue strengthening up until it makes landfall.

In the 5 p.m. ET advisory, the Hurricane Center said Isaac remains a tropical storm with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph. Dry air, the center explains, keeps feeding into the storm keeping it from intensifying. The storm is predicted to make landfall near New Orleans as a category 2 hurricane with 100 mph winds.

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Tropical Storm Isaac
5:00 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Stores Running Out Of Storm Supplies; Some Unconcerned About What's Coming

As officials gear up to respond to what’s expected to be Hurricane Isaac, New Orleanians went shopping for supplies. Flashlights and batteries were sold out of several stores.

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Tropical Storm Isaac
4:51 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Failed pumps at Corps pumping station could increase Mid-City flooding risk

The two pumps on the right, E4 and E5, are missing from the elbows above. Pumps can be seen on the two units to the left.
Danielle Bell The Lens

With Tropical Storm Isaac bearing down on New Orleans, one of three key Army Corps of Engineers pumping stations that help drain the city during a storm is only at partial capacity — far less than what is needed to keep the Orleans Avenue Canal from filling.

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Tropical Storm Isaac
4:32 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Huey P. Long Bridge construction projects canceled

All construction projects and closures on the Huey P. Long Bridge have been canceled due to Tropical Storm Isaac, according to the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.

Motorists are advised to check local news sites and the City of New Orleans citizen emergency website.

Tropical Storm Isaac
4:25 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Mayor Says City Can Handle Expected Hurricane Isaac

The projected path of the storm.
National Hurricane Center

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says he’s optimistic that the city will be able to handle the anticipated fallout from Tropical Storm Isaac. Isaac is on track to be at hurricane-strength when it makes landfall, and city officials say they’re ready for what’s predicted.

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Tropical Storm Isaac
2:53 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Nearly half of OPP inmates are shipped out or released

The Tents, part of the Orleans Parish Prison complex, have been emptied as Isaac approaches.
Tom Gogola The Lens

As Tropical Storm Isaac churns up the Gulf of Mexico, Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman said today that he shipped nearly half the prisoners held at Orleans Parish Prison to state facilities around Louisiana.

In a statement, Gusman said he had moved 1,037 prisoners overnight from FEMA-built jails built in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He has completely emptied two jails: the Temporary Jail and the Temporary Detention Center, more commonly known as the “Tents.”

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Tropical Storm Isaac
2:48 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

St. Charles Parish Deadline for Assisted Evacuation is 3:30 p.m.

St. Charles Parish remains under a mandatory evacuation due to the potential for dangerous storm surge, winds and flooding rainfall from Isaac. Current forecasts have the storm making landfall near the mouth of the Mississippi River.

Through the duration of the storm the parish expects the potential for widespread power outages for an extended duration, as well as a loss of emergency and parish services. This also includes the potential loss of all sewer and water services.

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