Hurricane Isaac

2:33 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

With Isaac, change is in the air

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How much safer is the Gulf Coast from a catastrophic storm like Hurricane Katrina, which slammed the region in 2005, precipitating New Orleans' levee failure and killing more than 1,800 people?
NEW ORLEANS - Levees are stronger, flood walls higher and residents and cities better prepared. But how much safer is the Gulf Coast from a catastrophic storm like Hurricane Katrina, which slammed the region in 2005, killing more than 1,800 people and drowning 80% of New Orleans?
Hurricane Isaac
2:07 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Curfew declared in Plaquemines Parish

Plaquemines Parish officials have issued an immediate dusk-to-dawn curfew as Hurricane Isaac neared the mouth of the Mississippi River.

The curfew covers the entire parish. Much of Plaquemines has been evacuated.

Hurricane Isaac
2:00 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

McNeese State will close Wednesday

McNeese State University will be closed on Wednesday.

Essential personnel in critical areas were notified Tuesday by their supervisors if they are to report to work on Wednesday. Students and all other personnel are strongly encouraged to stay off roadways.

A decision about re-opening on Thursday will be made by 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Housing, Rowdy's Cafeteria and the Convenience Store will remain open for resident students.

Hurricane Isaac
1:52 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Isaac: Lafayette Parish emergency declaration

Lafayette City-Parish President Joey Durel has signed an emergency declaration for Lafayette Parish, and non-essential government workers have civil leave Wednesday.

The parish is under a hurricane watch and tropical storm warning as Hurricane Isaac approaches the northern Gulf Coast. In Lafayette Parish, winds were expected to gust up to 30 or 40 miles an hour starting late Tuesday afternoon, with gusts of 50 to 60 mph expected for most of Wednesday.

Officials say Lafayette residents should drive only when necessary after 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Hurricane Isaac
1:50 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Slidell calls hurricane curfew through Wednesday

Slidell police say Mayor Freddy Drennan has called a dusk-to-dawn curfew for Hurricane Isaac.

Assistant Chief Kevin Foltz says it probably will be lifted at daylight Thursday.

It won't apply to emergency workers. Foltz says the curfew is designed to keep the roads clear for emergency crews, to protect city residents and to make it easier for police to protect their property.

Hurricane Isaac
1:47 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Coast Guard searches Gulf for missing man

The Coast Guard is searching the Gulf of Mexico near the Florida-Alabama state line for a man who failed to return home from a water-scooter trip as then-Tropical Storm Isaac was approaching the coast.

Chief Petty Officer Bobby Nash says the search began after the man's wife called the Pensacola station about 8:45 p.m. Monday. It resumed at dawn Tuesday.

He didn't have any details about the man.

He says a fixed-wing aircraft and a helicopter started the search, but the plane had to return — and winds were likely to get too rough for the helicopter.

Hurricane Isaac
1:45 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Gulf of Mexico Tide Predictions

Tide predictions from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Ocean Service for principal points along the Gulf of Mexico, for Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012.

Galveston — 12:08 a.m. 1.72 L; 5:59 a.m. 2.01 H; 1:07 p.m. 0.57 L; 9:45 p.m. 2.0 H

Vermilion Bay — 12:40 a.m. 1.37 L; 6:06 a.m. 1.6 H; 1:39 p.m. 0.46 L; 9:52 p.m. 1.6 H

Atchafalaya Bay (Eugene Island) — 6:13 a.m. 1.97 H; 12:09 p.m. 0.56 L; 9:59 p.m. 1.96 H; 11:31 p.m. 1.87 L

Grand Isle (Barataria Pass) — 2:43 a.m. 1.13 H; 1:13 p.m. 0.47 L

Hurricane Isaac
1:41 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Ferry service halted at Scarsdale-Belle Chasse

Plaquemines Parish officials have halted the Scarsdale-Belle Chasse ferry on the Mississippi River until Hurricane Isaac passes.

Parish officials also said Marina Road in Myrtle Grove will close at 2 p.m. on Tuesday.

Hurricane Isaac
1:37 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Baton Rouge city-parish government offices close for Isaac

Baton Rouge city government offices are closing for Isaac.

Chief Administrative Officer William Daniel announced that city-parish government was closing at noon Tuesday and will remain closed Wednesday.

The Mayor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is open and coordinating with state officials throughout the storm, providing updates

Hurricane Isaac
1:24 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Two shelters open in St. Tammany Parish

Two shelters have opened in St. Tammany Parish as Hurricane Isaac approaches.

Officials of the St. Tammany Parish School Board and the Red Cross said the shelters are at William Pitcher Junior High School, 415 S. Jefferson Ave. in Covington and at Creekside Junior High School, 65434 Louisiana Highway 41, Pearl River.

People going to the shelters are asked to bring food, medicine, bedding and activities for children.