South Florida airports were returning to normal operations Monday morning but airlines are already warning of cancelations in and around New Orleans as Tropical Storm Isaac nears.
Airlines canceled more than 230 flights on Monday, according to flight-tracking service FlightAware. The vast majority of cancelations stemmed from the storm, which is expected to grow to a Category 1 hurricane and hit land late Tuesday night.
Given the projected path and strength of Tropical Storm Isaac, the University of New Orleans will cancel all classes beginning at noon today, and all non-essential personnel are released at this time.
Campus will officially close at 4:30 p.m. today and will remain closed at least Tuesday and Wednesday. Please continue to monitor your e-mail, the UNO website, social media and local news media reports for updates on when UNO will reopen campus and resume classes.
You may also call the UNO main switchboard at (504) 280-6000 or 1-888-514-4275 to receive updates.
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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.
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.
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.
Florida has so far been spared the worst of Tropical Storm Isaac. Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana cannot be so sure. If the storm stays on its current course, it threatens to hit Louisiana seven years to the day after Hurricane Katrina arrived in New Orleans. NPR's Greg Allen is tracking the storm. He's on the line from Florida this morning.
Greg, good morning.
GREG ALLEN, BYLINE: Morning, Steve.
INSKEEP: How much damage was there from Isaac in Florida?