hurricane season

Tropical Storm Isaac
11:20 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Florida airports reopen; Airlines eye New Orleans

National Hurricane Center

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.

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Tropical Storm Isaac
10:56 am
Mon August 27, 2012

University of New Orleans to cancel classes beginning at noon

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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Latin America
10:48 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Haiti Weathers Isaac, Says First Lady

Tropical Storm Isaac slammed Haiti with heavy rain and strong winds. Although the damage is less than feared, the country is still trying to rebuild after the devastating 2010 earthquake. Host Michel Martin speaks with Haiti's First Lady Sophia Martelly to learn more about how they were affected by the storm.

Tropical Storm Isaac
7:10 am
Mon August 27, 2012

WATCH: Sunday's St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Briefing

A 7:00 p.m. Sunday briefing, by St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister, on emergency operations taking place in the parish in advance of Tropical Storm Isaac.

Tropical Storm Isaac
7:05 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Amtrak: No trains in Louisiana on Tuesday, Wednesday

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.

Tropical Storm Isaac
7:03 am
Mon August 27, 2012

St. John to offer sandbags today at 10 a.m.

Sandbag locations in St. John the Baptist Parish will open Monday at 10:00 a.m., the parish announced in a press release.

Sand and bags will be available at the following locations:

  • Fire Station #53 at 1703 St. Andrews Blvd. in LaPlace
  • Fire Station #94 at 1200 Hwy. 643 in Pleasure Bend
  • Fire Station #65 located at 337 Central Avenue in Reserve
  • Fire Station #71 at 418 Historic West St. in Garyville
  • Old Second Ward High School at 3671 Highway 18 in Edgard

Residents are asked to bring a shovel to fill their bags.

Tropical Storm Isaac
7:02 am
Mon August 27, 2012

St. Tammany Parish sandbag stations

St. Tammany Parish will open five sandbag stations from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, August 27 at the following locations:

  • Covington Barn, 1305 N. Florida St., Covington
  • Keller Barn, 63131 Fish Hatchery Rd., Lacombe
  • Koop Drive, 21411 Koop Drive, Mandeville (under Tammany Trace water tower)
  • Airport Road Barn, 34783 Grantham College Rd., Slidell
  • Fritchie Barn, 63119 Hwy 1090, Pearl River
Tropical Storm Isaac
7:01 am
Mon August 27, 2012

New Orleans libraries to remain closed until Wednesday

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.

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Tropical Storm Isaac
7:00 am
Mon August 27, 2012

DOTD suspends toll collections on La. 1 in Leeville and the Crescent City Connection

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.

Around the Nation
4:18 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Gulf Coast States Brace For Isaac's Fury

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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?

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