hurricane season

Latest News
7:39 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Hurricane Forecast Downgraded

Credit NOAA

Federal forecasters say the Atlantic hurricane season will be even quieter than predicted.

That’s thanks to atmospheric and oceanic conditions that are suppressing storm formation.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration still expects three to six hurricanes. They could still form during the six-month season that peaks between mid-August and mid-October.

Officials dropped the number of named storms to between seven and 12 in an updated hurricane season forecast issued yesterday.

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The Lens
12:35 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

New Orleans Flood Protection: Stronger Than Ever, Weaker Than Intended

The city's new $14.5 billion storm surge protection system is weaker than what Congress ordered it to be 50 years ago.
US Army Corps of Engineers Wikimedia

The 2014 hurricane season has started, and New Orleans metro area residents are living behind a new, $14.5 billion storm surge system acknowledged as the best they have ever had. 

But an investigation by The Lens shows this best-ever is still not as good as Congress originally ordered it to be.

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Listening Post NOLA
7:00 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Listening Post Asks: Are You Ready For Hurricane Season?

Are you ready for hurricane season?
Jesse Hardman

Every week WWNO's Listening Post project asks questions about local news in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast and reports back on the community's response. This week's topic is hurricane season.

Hear that? That ominous music playing on the evening news? It can only mean one thing: hurricane season is here and it's time to get ready.

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Latest News
4:09 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Local Officials Urge Early Preparation For 2014 Hurricane Season

City officials opened the 2014 hurricane season with a meeting at the Port of New Orleans.
Good kitty Wikimedia

To mark the start of the 2014 hurricane season, parish presidents, city officials, and representatives from the levee boards and the national weather service met Friday at the Port of New Orleans and pledged to work together to make it a safe one.

The city’s deputy mayor for public safety, Jerry Sneed, says Hurricane Katrina drove home the point that planning for a hurricane means working together.

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Hurricane Season
10:55 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Even Small Storm Surges Will Swamp I-10 Evacuation Routes

Unprotected sections of I-10 to the east and west of the city will flood during even a small storm, emergency preparedness officials say.
Credit The Lens

Unprotected sections of Interstate 10, to the east and west of the city, will be swamped by storm surge even during a smaller storm, The Lens is reporting.

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Environment
3:52 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Tropical Storms Hitting Peak Strength Nearer Poles, Study Says

A NOAA image taken by the Japan Meteorological Agency in September shows Typhoon Usagi. A new study says that such tropical cyclones are reaching peak intensity farther away from the equator.
NOAA/JMA AP

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 4:29 pm

Tropical storms are migrating out of the tropics, reaching their peak intensity in higher latitudes, where larger populations are concentrated, a new NOAA-led study published in the journal Nature says.

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Latest News
3:47 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

A State Tax Holiday For Buying Emergency Supplies

Louisiana offers a state tax holiday for residents who are buying emergency supplies in preparation for storm season, which begins June 1st.
Red Cross/FEMA Photo Library

On May 24 and 25, purchases of flashlights, batteries, portable generators and other emergency supplies are free from Louisiana's 4 percent state sales tax.

The Louisiana Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday gives residents a chance to prepare for storm season, which begins June 1.

The sales tax holiday applies to the first $1,500 of the purchase price of each item, according to Revenue Secretary Tim Barfield.

Eligible items include: flashlights and candles, portable radios, batteries, and food storage coolers.

Local taxes on these items still apply.

Love NOLA
1:02 pm
Sun September 15, 2013

Love NOLA: In Praise Of New Orleans Resourcefulness

Brett Will Taylor
Jason Kruppa

Virtually everyone who has lived in New Orleans for any length of time has at least one hurricane story. About staying or evacuating. About lights going out or rain coming down. This is a hurricane story of the formal kind — a story about how a proper British lady rode out Hurricane Isaac.


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Latest News
6:00 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort Under Way in New Orleans

A private relief effort is under way in New Orleans to help victims of Hurricane Sandy in New York. It’s being run by former New Yorkers who’ve seen how New Orleans handles hurricane recovery.

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The Two-Way
12:40 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

A Morphing Storm: As Sandy Moves Inland, Snow And Winds Follow

An ambulance is stuck in over a foot of snow off of Highway 33 West, near Belington, W.Va. on Oct. 30. Superstorm Sandy buried parts of West Virginia under more than a foot of snow.
Robert Ray AP

Even though Sandy has switched from hurricane to post-tropical cyclone, it's still a formidable storm. The latest forecast predicts strong winds and coastal storm surges up to four feet in some places. Areas from the eastern Great Lakes region to the mid-Atlantic and up to southern New England can also expect an additional inch of rain.

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