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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.

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.

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.

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.

From our partners at The Takeaway, from WNYC: Lt. General Russel Honoré weighs in with how Hurricane Sandy is similar to and different from Katrina, and shares his biggest concerns for before, during and after Sandy hits land.

Thanks to Hurricane Sandy, the week before Election Day is certainly not turning out the way anyone expected, especially the presidential candidates.

President Obama and Mitt Romney found themselves ditching their schedules for the start of the week as they responded to exigencies created by the massive hurricane raking the U.S. Eastern Seaboard.

A Louisiana company has won an $11.9 million contract as part of a project to add sand to Virginia Beach, Va., for hurricane protection.

A news release from the Pentagon says Weeks Marine Inc., of Covington, was one of four bidders on the project in support of the Virginia Beach Hurricane Protection Beach Re-Nourishment.

Work will be done in Virginia Beach, with an estimated completion date of May 15, 2013.

New Orleans City Park announced it will be closed through Wednesday in anticipation of the arrival of Tropical Storm Isaac.

The shuttered attractions include Storyland, the Botanical Gardens, boat and bike rentals, the Parkview Café, the golf course and tennis center, and the NOLA City Bark dog park.

Schools closed throughout the metro region, by parish.

This list is current as of the time and date at the top of this page. The list will be updated as more information becomes available.


Louisiana utility companies ready for Isaac's blow

Aug 27, 2012

Utility crews are surveying the power lines and thousands of utility workers from other states are on standby, as Louisiana power companies readied for Tropical Storm Isaac.

Fresh in minds around the state's capital city was Hurricane Gustav, which struck as a Category 2 storm in 2008 — and surprised Baton Rouge with power outages that lasted 10 days or more in many areas.

Public Service Commissioner Jimmy Field, who represents the Baton Rouge area, says he's confident power companies are ready for Isaac, expected to strike as a hurricane.