disaster preparedness

Threat from Debby decreases for Louisiana

Jun 24, 2012
National Hurricane Center

Forecasters dropped storm warnings for southeastern Louisiana Sunday afternoon and said the threat from Tropical Storm Debby had decreased.

National Hurricane Center forecasters backed away from an earlier projection that Debby might strike southeast Louisiana as a Category 1 hurricane. Instead they said they didn't expect it to turn west from its northward path that has it aimed at Florida and Alabama.

National Hurricane Center

Tropical Storm Debby has formed in the Gulf of Mexico and forecasters say it will bring rain to the Gulf coast from southern Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle.

Forecasters said Saturday the storm has maximum sustained winds of 50 mph. A tropical storm warning has been issued for part of the Louisiana coast.

The storm is moving north at 6 mph. The center of Debby is expected to be moving over the northern Gulf during the next few days.

BILOXI, Miss. — The Gulf States Hurricane Conference is under way in Biloxi, Miss., with more than 300 emergency managers and first responders attending from Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama and Texas. The location of the conference rotates among the states. 

Tulane University is getting a $5 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to help universities in areas prone to disasters establish education and development programs.

Ky Luu is executive director of Tulane's Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy. He says New Orleans has experience dealing in natural disasters, such as hurricanes, and man-made ones, including the BP oil spill. That experience will be shared with centers in Thailand and another in east Africa.

Mayor Ray Nagin is taking a look at how the city handled Hurricane Gustav, while keeping a close eye on the track of Hurricane Ike.

For the duration of Hurricane Gustav, WWNO will broadcast network programming. We are doing this so that our staff and their families may safely evacuate. We will return as soon as possible after the storm.

Best Wishes For Everyone's Saftey, Paul Maassen WWNO GM.

Current info on the storm http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/.

Here is a list of some of the State agencies and other hurricane related resources:

American Red Cross
www.preparelouisiana.redcross.org
(866) GET-INFO or (866) 438-4636

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