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Latin America
10:48 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Haiti Weathers Isaac, Says First Lady

Tropical Storm Isaac slammed Haiti with heavy rain and strong winds. Although the damage is less than feared, the country is still trying to rebuild after the devastating 2010 earthquake. Host Michel Martin speaks with Haiti's First Lady Sophia Martelly to learn more about how they were affected by the storm.

Tropical Storm Isaac
7:10 am
Mon August 27, 2012

WATCH: Sunday's St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Briefing

A 7:00 p.m. Sunday briefing, by St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister, on emergency operations taking place in the parish in advance of Tropical Storm Isaac.

Loyola University
7:07 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Sitar artist set to perform at Loyola

Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan will perform sitar music in a concert set Sept. 7 at Loyola University.

The performance, set for 8 p.m. at the Nunemaker Auditorium in Monroe Hall on the Loyola campus, is sponsored by the Indian Arts Circle of New Orleans and Loyola University's College of Music and Fine Arts.

Khan is known for his innovation with the sitar. He will be accompanied by award-winning tabla player Subhajyoti Guha.

Tropical Storm Isaac
7:05 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Amtrak: No trains in Louisiana on Tuesday, Wednesday

Amtrak is canceling two days of train service in Louisiana because of Tropical Storm Isaac, which is expected to become a hurricane before hitting the northern Gulf Coast on Wednesday.

The rail service says that on Tuesday and Wednesday, the Crescent's route will end in Atlanta and the Sunset Limited's in San Antonio, Texas. The action is because of the possibility of torrential rains, floods and damaging winds. There won't be alternate transportation on the routes.

Ticket holders can get a refund or a voucher for future travel.

Tropical Storm Isaac
7:02 am
Mon August 27, 2012

St. Tammany Parish sandbag stations

St. Tammany Parish will open five sandbag stations from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, August 27 at the following locations:

  • Covington Barn, 1305 N. Florida St., Covington
  • Keller Barn, 63131 Fish Hatchery Rd., Lacombe
  • Koop Drive, 21411 Koop Drive, Mandeville (under Tammany Trace water tower)
  • Airport Road Barn, 34783 Grantham College Rd., Slidell
  • Fritchie Barn, 63119 Hwy 1090, Pearl River
Tropical Storm Isaac
7:01 am
Mon August 27, 2012

New Orleans libraries to remain closed until Wednesday

The New Orleans Public Library is announcing the temporary closure of all library locations in Orleans Parish due to Tropical Storm Isaac.

At this time, all locations — Main Library, Algiers Regional Branch, Alvar Branch, Central City Branch, Children's Resource Center, East New Orleans Branch, Cita Dennis Hubbell Branch, Rosa F. Keller Branch, Martin Luther King Branch, Milton H. Latter Branch, Norman Mayer Branch, Mid-City Branch, Nix Branch and Robert E. Smith Branch — will be closed Monday, August 27 and Tuesday, August 28.

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Tropical Storm Isaac
7:00 am
Mon August 27, 2012

DOTD suspends toll collections on La. 1 in Leeville and the Crescent City Connection

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has suspended toll collections at LA 1 in Leeville and the Crescent City Connection (CCC) US 90B in New Orleans to facilitate evacuation, emergency and protective services, the department said in a press release Sunday.

The toll suspension is in response to the declared state of emergency caused by Tropical Storm Isaac, the agency said. DOTD will notify the traveling public when tolls resume.

Tropical Storm Isaac
4:03 am
Mon August 27, 2012

New Orleans Braces for Tropical Storm Isaac

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu describes the state of the city's preparation at a City Hall news conference Sunday afternoon.
Tyler A. Gamble Office of the Mayor

The City of New Orleans is bracing for the arrival of what’s expected to be Hurricane Isaac, expected to make landfall near the city. Officials say the city is protected by a new and improved levee system.

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Tropical Storm Isaac
10:32 pm
Sun August 26, 2012

More Louisiana evacuations include all of St. Charles Parish

National Hurricane Center

St. Charles Parish officials have ordered evacuation for all 53,000 residents as Tropical Storm Isaac's path moves west.

Parish spokeswoman Renee Simpson says the order was made Sunday evening because conditions are expected to worsen. It's the largest evacuation so far in southeast Louisiana, where 15 parishes are under a hurricane warning.

Administration Commissioner Paul Rainwater says state offices in all 15 affected parishes will be closed Monday.

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Tropical Storm Isaac
10:10 pm
Sun August 26, 2012

Mandatory evacuation ordered for east bank of Plaquemines Parish

Plaquemines Parish officials have ordered a mandatory evacuation of the east bank of the parish, in advance of Tropical Storm Isaac.

Additionally, there will be a voluntary evacuation for the south end of Plaquemines Parish, from Ironton to Venice. Belle Chasse Auditorium will be opened at noon on Monday as an emergency shelter.

All Plaquemines Parish schools have been closed until further notice.