July 25, 2014 4:13 AM
CAPE CHARLES, VA - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe will tour a campground on the Eastern Shore where two people were killed and dozens were injured after a tornado hit. McAuliffe is scheduled to visit the Cherrystone Family Camping & RV Resort on Friday. A married couple from Jersey City, New... more »
July 9, 2014 5:28 AM
SMITHFIELD, N.Y.- Officials in central New York say four people are dead, numerous homes are destroyed or damaged and more than 70,000 utility customers are without power after severe thunderstorms rolled through the region. The Madison County Sheriff's Office says the deaths occurred in the rural town of Smithfield, between... more »
May 29, 2014 10:53 AM
GONZALES - Ascension Parish officials said people affected by the flooding on Wednesday should use the email address email@example.com to aid the process of assessing flood water damage to homes and businesses.
Rick Webre, director of Ascension Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, said citizens should include... more »
May 12, 2014 9:48 AM
WASHINGTON - The Washington Monument has reopened to the public, 33 months after an earthquake damaged the stone obelisk. After a morning ceremony, the 555-foot stone monument that was once the tallest structure in the world reopened to visitors Monday afternoon. In August 2011, the monument's white marble and mortar... more »
April 7, 2014 6:46 PM
BATON ROUGE- Storms that tore through the Capital City area early Monday morning left several homes destroyed in one Sherwood Forest neighborhood.
One man barely escaped with his life when a tree fell through his roof, just moments after he jumped out of bed.
"If I had not... more »
April 7, 2014 4:52 PM
BATON ROUGE- Expect traffic delays on Florida Boulevard between Sherwood Forest Blvd. and Little John Drive due to closures related to last night's bad weather.
There are downed power lines and roof debris, so the outside, eastbound lane is closed. The service road on the south side of Florida... more »
November 13, 2013 10:20 PM
PORT ALLEN - A bus crash that sent 21 kids to the hospital is changing policy in West Baton Rouge Parish.
The school district outsources the bus system to First Student, a company entrenched in controversy after a driver with a history of wrecks crashed again. First Student blames... more »
September 26, 2013 8:20 AM
BATON ROUGE - Investigators are looking into a fire in downtown Baton Rouge which caused hundreds of thousands of dollars of damage overnight.
The fire happened around 11 p.m. Wednesday in a storage facility attached to a store on Third Street, and took two hours to get fully under... more »
August 2, 2013 3:29 PM
BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal's office announced Friday that the Attorney General's Office is suing Texas Brine LLC for environmental damage caused by the Assumption Parish sinkhole.
Jindal said the suit was filed on behalf of the Department of Natural Resources, Department of Environmental Quality, and other responding... more »
June 24, 2013 2:15 PM
NEW ORLEANS - The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to review the dismissal of a landmark ruling that the Army Corps of Engineers was liable for billions of dollars in Hurricane Katrina flood damage that property owners blame on the corps' maintenance of a New Orleans shipping channel. The Supreme... more »
June 19, 2013 4:32 PM
GRAND ISLE - A waterspout off the coast of Grand Isle created a big stir during storms this afternoon.
The waterspout moved in from the bay side of the island around 3:45 p.m. today.
The National Weather Service reported it blew a portion of a camp roof off,... more »
May 29, 2013 8:40 AM
OKLAHOMA CITY - Charities providing relief to residents of tornado-ravaged neighborhoods in Moore and Oklahoma City are seeing an infusion of donations from around the country.
Several of those charities also will likely see a boost in giving Wednesday when a several country music stars with Oklahoma ties take... more »
May 22, 2013 3:02 PM
MORGAN CITY - Police in Morgan City said strong storms and a possible tornado damaged businesses and RVs this afternoon.
Police said they received several reports of strong winds and hail starting around noon, along with tornado reports. They responded to several complaints of downed trees and power lines,... more »
May 22, 2013 10:10 AM
MOORE, Okla. - The Oklahoma Insurance Department says a preliminary damage estimate could top $2 billion for the tornado that hit the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore.
Spokeswoman Calley Herth says the early tally is based on visual assessments of an extensive damage zone stretching more than 17 miles... more »
May 21, 2013 7:20 AM
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will be meeting with his disaster response team, including Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, before delivering a statement on the devastating tornado that tore through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday. Obama has declared a major disaster in Oklahoma, ordering federal aid to supplement state and... more »
May 10, 2013 10:56 AM
BATON ROUGE - Flames tore through the Louisiana Association of Realtors building this morning in a fire that took crews nearly 3 hours to get under control.
Investigators say a direct lightning strike caused the fire.
It happened just after 5:30 a.m. Friday in the 4600 block of... more »
April 22, 2013 3:47 PM
BATON ROUGE- A trio of vandals caused thousands of dollars in damages to two schools in East Baton Rouge Parish over the weekend.
Pictures News 2 obtained detail the damage inside. Broken windows, shattered glass, and ransacked offices and classrooms greeted administrators as they showed up to school.
... more »
February 28, 2013 9:27 AM
BATON ROUGE - St. John the Baptist Parish will get a $1.5 million federal grant to reimburse the cost of repairing sewer and storm pumps damaged by slow-moving Hurricane Isaac. The Federal Emergency Management Agency says the money is part of the nearly $215.6 million in total public assistance recovery... more »
February 22, 2013 11:07 AM
BATON ROUGE- Property owners with flood insurance policies whose homes or other structures were damaged during Hurricane Isaac have an additional 60 days to file claims for their flood-related losses. Policy owners now have until April 22 to complete their proof of loss claims. The National Flood Insurance Program says... more »
February 11, 2013 3:11 PM
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Red Cross volunteers from Louisiana arrived in southern Mississippi Monday to help with cleanup and relief efforts after a tornado this weekend.
The seven volunteers took three Emergency Response Vehicles to help provide supplies and feed people affected by severe weather Sunday.
The storms also... more »
February 11, 2013 6:46 AM
JACKSON, Miss. - Gov. Phil Bryant has declared a State of Emergency for four Mississippi counties hit by tornadoes and severe storms. Forrest, Lamar, Lawrence and Marion were named in the declaration Sunday night, but any other counties damaged by the continuing severe weather will be covered. The declaration is... more »
February 4, 2013 2:39 AM
NEW YORK - Of all the images of Superstorm Sandy's destruction, the pictures that linger for victims are the warped, stained ones that sat on their walls and shelves. But volunteers scattered around the world are about to start digitally mending Sandy victims' personal photos. A group called Operation Photo... more »
January 29, 2013 2:43 AM
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he'll sign a $50.5 billion emergency measure for Superstorm Sandy victims as soon as it lands on his desk. Obama chided lawmakers for taking their time to approve the funding even as he commended them for providing the long-awaited aid. Conservatives concerned about adding... more »
January 25, 2013 5:17 AM
WASHINGTON - The Senate is set to vote Monday on a $50.5 billion emergency relief bill to help victims of Superstorm Sandy.
Northeast lawmakers from both parties hope to win Senate approval of the measure and send it to President Barack Obama, who has said he would sign it.... more »
January 23, 2013 7:19 AM
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana property owners with flood insurance policies whose homes or other structures were damaged during Hurricane Isaac have another 30 days to file claims for their flood losses.
Policy owners now have until Feb. 21 to complete their proof of loss.
The National Flood Insurance... more »
January 16, 2013 4:37 AM
WASHINGTON - The political tempest stirred up by Superstorm Sandy appears to have moved on after wreaking havoc among House Republicans divided over how much aid to allocate to the victims of the storm.
In a 241-180 vote Tuesday night, the House approved $50.5 billion in disaster relief for... more »
January 15, 2013 10:35 AM
DENHAM SPRINGS - Emergency officials asked Livingston Parish residents to take time from their cleanup efforts and call in any water damage they received from recent flooding.
The parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness needs the information to apply for any public assistance that could be made... more »
January 10, 2013 1:38 PM
PLAQUEMINE - A tornado damaged an industrial chemical plant in Iberville Parish as severe weather moved through southern Louisiana this morning.
Surveillance cameras at the SNF Flopam plant caught footage of the twister as it moved through the area near the plant.
The plant was staffed as the... more »
January 3, 2013 12:18 PM
KENNER, La. - There were no reports of serious injuries, but a vehicle was damaged and several holiday decorations were mowed down in the front yard of a Kenner home when a disturbance broke out at a New Year's Eve house party. Kenner police said it happened around 2 a.m.... more »
December 26, 2012 9:30 PM
BATON ROUGE- Everyone in Louisiana who lost power and could safely get it restored, are back on line after powerful storms moved across the area on Christmas Day.
"Our state was fortunate to be spared the worst of the storm's damage, and the dedication of our employees - who... more »
December 26, 2012 5:37 PM
ZACHARY- The National Weather Service says damage in the Zachary area is consistent with straight line winds, not a tornado.
Meteorologist Mike Efferson says a tree that snapped in half, damaging a home and vehicle, fell from west to east, the same direction as the Christmas Day storm. Efferson... more »
December 25, 2012 10:18 PM
ZACHARY- People were forced to break Christmas traditions and take cover when powerful storms rolled through the region Tuesday.
Damage was reported in many areas. In the northern part of East Baton Rouge, at least two people said they encountered a tornado.
"There was just a lot of... more »
December 13, 2012 2:25 PM
BAKER - A tornado that ripped through Baker on Monday damaged at least 87 homes and other buildings, city officials say. The hardest-hit area appeared to be a residential section on South Magnolia Drive and Cypress Drive. The tornado crossed Louisiana Highway 19 and traveled through several neighborhoods before moving... more »
December 10, 2012 5:33 PM
GONZALES- A tornado touched down early this morning near the corner of Airline Highway and Black Bayou Extension.
According to eye witness reports the tornado lifted a small Ford Ranger truck at least 20 feet in the air before it fell on top of a Ford F-150 Raptor, crushing... more »
December 10, 2012 4:03 PM
BATON ROUGE - The National Weather Service confirmed that damage in Baker this morning was caused by a tornado.
The NWS report said the damage was consistent with an EF 1 tornado. They said it touched down on U. S. Hwy 61, and its damage path ended four miles... more »
December 10, 2012 10:30 AM
BATON ROUGE - News 2 has received many reports of storm damage in the capital region after severe weather moved through this morning.
The entire WBRZ viewing area remained under a tornado watch until 11 a.m. today.
Parish officials reported serious damage throughout Ascension Parish. The entire front... more »
December 4, 2012 11:49 AM
HOUMA - Sheriff's deputies say a Houma man accused of attacking an uncooperative gasoline pump has been booked with criminal property damage. Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's deputies tell The Courier 27-year-old Sean Charles Oshea told officers he pulled up to the gas station at Sam's Club in Houma Sunday night and... more »
November 14, 2012 7:25 AM
BATON ROUGE - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved nearly $116 million in individual aid for Louisiana homeowners and renters who experienced damage from Hurricane Isaac.
Nearly 32,000 people have received housing assistance, which totals $95 million. Another $21 million has been provided for other types of individual... more »
November 8, 2012 5:04 PM
NEW YORK - One man who lives along the New Jersey coast says he just had power restored a couple of days ago following the outage caused by Hurricane Sandy -- and how, he's lost it again. A new storm that struck the Northeast yesterday has caused hundreds of thousands... more »
November 1, 2012 10:23 AM
NEW YORK - The total economic damage from Superstorm Sandy could run as high as $50 billion, according to new estimates from the forecasting firm Eqecat. The new numbers are more than double the firm's previous estimate.
Eqecat said Thursday that its new estimate for economic losses is between... more »
October 31, 2012 1:23 PM
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - President Barack Obama and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have begun an hour-long aerial tour of New Jersey hurricane damage aboard Obama's Marine One helicopter. Obama flew to New Jersey today for a first-hand look at the devastation from the storm. He's officially away from the... more »
October 30, 2012 2:36 PM
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will travel to storm-stricken New Jersey on Wednesday to view damage from the massive storm that struck the East Coast and to thank first responders. The White House says Obama will join New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in viewing the damage. Christie is a Republican... more »
October 30, 2012 8:11 AM
NEW YORK - Superstorm Sandy is winding down and inching its way inland, leaving at least 17 people in seven states dead and more than 7 million power outages in its wake. New York was one of the hardest hit areas when an unprecedented 13-foot surge of seawater - 3... more »
October 29, 2012 2:29 PM
NEW YORK - Emergency workers are at the scene of a crane that's dangling off a 65-story building in New York City. Television images show part of the crane hanging off the luxury building on West 57th Street. No injuries are reported. However, streets have been cleared as a precaution.... more »
October 29, 2012 2:27 PM
WASHINGTON - Hurricane Sandy has already caused the cancellation of thousands of flights, stranding travelers. Insurers are expecting to have to pay up to $5 billion. Retailers are expecting smaller sales. But for the overall economy, damage from the storm is expected to be limited, and analysts say any economic... more »
September 28, 2012 3:45 PM
BATON ROUGE - Hurricane Isaac damaged nearly 59,000 homes across southeast Louisiana. That is more than four times the number officials estimated a week after the storm made landfall on Aug. 28. The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness says the most severe damage hit houses and rental... more »
September 26, 2012 5:28 PM
DUTCHTOWN - Many drivers say they had diesel in their gas-burning cars after filling up over the weekend at a Dutchtown gas station.
Drivers told News 2 today about problems at the RaceTrac on Highway 73. Service technicians at LeBlanc Nissan say at least four customers have brought vehicles... more »
September 17, 2012 4:53 PM
SPRINGFIELD- Volunteers from North Carolina say helping people in Livingston recover from Hurricane Isaac is part of their mission. Greg Riggs with the North Carolina Baptist Men organization tells News 2 the goal is to give people hope through Jesus Christ in time of despair.
The group has been... more »
September 7, 2012 5:56 PM
BATON ROUGE - Today FEMA spent the day assessing hurricane damage in East Baton Rouge and St. Martin parish to determine if people can get individual assistance.
The teams will survey conditions and present a report to Washington and Governor Bobby Jindal. The governor could then officially request individual... more »
September 3, 2012 4:14 PM
BATON ROUGE - Plaquemines Parish is allowing some residents and business owners back in to the area to survey Hurricane Isaac's damage in the southern parts of the parish. But they were only allowed Monday with a police escort and only on the less heavily-damaged west bank. Parish officials say... more »
August 31, 2012 5:39 PM
WAVELAND, Miss. - A second person has died in Mississippi as a result of Hurricane Isaac. Century Hairston Funeral Home says Lillie M. Randle, a 62-year-old resident of Lexington, Miss., was killed just after 9 a.m. Thursday when a tree fell on her car. The funeral home says Randle was... more »
August 31, 2012 8:56 AM
LAKELAND, Fla. - Both President Barak Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney announced plans today to tour damage in Louisiana from Hurricane Isaac.
Romney scheduled a last-minute visit Friday to Lafitte, La., where he will tour damage with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. Romney is scrapping an appearance in... more »
August 29, 2012 1:51 PM
PASS CHRISTIAN- Hurricane Isaac may have ruined $5 million worth of dredging in Pass Christian, Miss. The deepening work, nearly complete before the storm, is part of a $33 million project to expand the town's boat harbor. Isaac's waves in the Mississippi Sound are eating away at piles of sand... more »
August 23, 2012 5:08 PM
BATON ROUGE - Traffic engineers said portions of I-10 will need to be closed again to clean up damage from the controlled burn of a wrecked tanker truck yesterday.
The Department of Transportation and Development said the repairs would be combined with other regular construction activities, and are expected... more »
July 24, 2012 5:40 PM
LIVINGSTON- People working in the Livingston Parish Courthouse say heavy rains last week stressed the need for a new building.
Water poured through the ceilings in several different offices. Judge Bob Morrison says it happened late in the afternoon when many people were leaving work. Morrison has led the... more »
July 9, 2012 3:16 PM
ZACHARY - Investigators said they're still looking into the cause of a fire which did thousands of dollars in damage to a large home in Zachary this morning.
Four departments responded to the million-dollar home on Jackcock Road around 9 a.m. today, including Zachary, Baker, Slaughter and Central fire... more »
July 4, 2012 6:15 PM
BATON ROUGE - An elderly woman escaped harm after a tree fell on her home this afternoon in Baton Rouge.
It happened on Minnesota Street earlier this afternoon. The fire department says one room was damaged from a tree limb that punched a hole in the roof.
The... more »
May 25, 2012 7:44 PM
Investigators are now looking at the damage from fire aboard the nuclear powered submarine USS Miami and trying to come up with an assessment of whether the boat can be salvaged. The Navy dispatched three investigative teams to the shipyard in Kittery, Maine where the sub was docked for repairs.... more »
May 24, 2012 2:58 PM
ST. FRANCISVILLE - Firefighters estimated damage to the building containing several St. Francisville destinations, including the Blue Horse Saloon, at around a million dollars after this morning's fire.
The damage was contained to the saloon and adjoining gift shop in the middle of St. Francisville, according to Chief Tommy... more »
May 22, 2012 7:34 AM
NEW ORLEANS - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has come up with $103,000 to help replace contents of the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court damaged during Hurricane Katrina. Following the 2005 storm, the basement of the courthouse flooded, destroying the contents of court offices, including the Judicial Administration Office which... more »
April 4, 2012 11:29 AM
ARLINGTON - The National Weather Service said yesterday's tornado had wind gusts up to 135 miles an hour struck the Dallas suburb of Arlington. Experts are looking for clues today in the debris to determine just how many tornadoes hit the region. The storms damaged hundreds of homes, businesses, but... more »
April 3, 2012 2:20 PM
DALLAS - Tornadoes have touched down in the southern part of Dallas County this afternoon, causing widespread damage and destruction.
The weather service says considerable damage has been reported near Cleburne, south of Fort... more »
March 28, 2012 2:19 PM
BATON ROUGE- A bill aimed at cutting down on copper theft was approved by the Louisiana House Criminal Justice committee.
Someone convicted of stealing copper could be fined based on the value of the metal, the cost of replacement and the cost of repairing or replacing damaged property. more »
March 22, 2012 11:07 AM
NEW ORLEANS- Beauregard Parish sheriff's deputies and state wildlife agents have boats at Bundick's Lake to rescue people who didn't hear or didn't heed warnings that storm runoff would raise it to dangerous heights. Chief Deputy Joe Toler says four rescue boats were at the lake Thursday. On Wednesday, sheriff's... more »
March 21, 2012 10:31 PM
ASCENSION PARISH- A F1 tornado touched down in several neighborhoods in Prairieville Wednesday.
The area near Prairieville Middle suffered the most damage, leaving multiple homes without roofs, damaging vehicles and spewing personal belongings everywhere.
Many people were already in repair mode by the afternoon, while others stayed in... more »
March 21, 2012 6:00 PM
WALKER - A roof shingle stabbed into a tree gives an idea of just how strong the wind was when it blew through North Corbin Road, where a home lost its roof.
"It was really loud outside, the rain was blowing sideways our ears started popping and we heard... more »
March 21, 2012 4:54 PM
PRAIRIEVILLE - Meteorologists with the National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed Wednesday that the damage incurred on homes in Prairieville were caused by a tornado.
The NWS has not finalized the strength of the tornado but has said that it is won't be classified as anything less than an EF1.... more »
March 2, 2012 3:10 PM
JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. - Authorities say tornadoes have left widespread damage in southern Indiana and a sheriff's official says at least one town is "completely gone." National Weather Service coordinator Bill Whitlock says the agency is tracking "extreme damage" in the Henryville area, about 20 miles north of Louisville, Ky. Clark... more »
March 2, 2012 10:33 AM
HUNTSVILLE, AL - Reports of a tornado touching down in Northern Alabama in Madison and Limestone counties, near the city of Hunstville.
So far, there are no reports of injuries.
However, the tornado has reportedly caused widespread damage to homes and businesses.
There are reports of large... more »
December 13, 2011 3:33 PM
BATON ROUGE - Investigators believe the fire that damaged the popular seafood restaurant Mike Anderson's early Tuesday morning was the work of an arsonist.
The Baton Rouge Fire Department (BRFD) had no other details about the investigation as it is still ongoing. They urge anyone with information about the... more »
November 10, 2011 4:01 PM
BATON ROUGE - Levee officials closed a portion of River Road near Duncan Pointe today in order to repair damage caused during historic flooding this past spring on the Mississippi River.
The $8.85 million project requires the road to be closed for around four months while crews move the... more »
October 29, 2011 10:10 AM
A dental office is damaged after a late night fire in Central.
It happened around around 10:30pm Friday at Central Dental Care on 11424 Sullivan Road.
According to the Central Fire Department, the fire started in the wall near the rear door. Investigators say the fire was electrical.... more »
September 7, 2011 5:21 PM
LIVINGSTON - Crews from the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness are driving through flood waters looking for flood damaged homes.
They've searched and documented neighborhoods from Springfield to Maurepas. Hundreds of properties made the list which will be cross referenced with FEMA once the federal agency... more »
September 3, 2011 6:26 AM
Tropical Storm Lee has gotten a little stronger overnight. As of 7 AM, Lee was located about 75 miles SW of Morgan City, LA. It is moving a little faster to the NNW at 7 mph. Winds have increased to 60 mph with higher gusts. We had a wind gust... more »
August 30, 2011 11:47 AM
NEWFANE, Vt. - The impact of Hurricane Irene is going to be felt for some time along the East Coast, where more than 2.5 million people are still without power.
The storm has been blamed for at least 40 deaths in 12 states.
Some rivers in Vermont still... more »
August 28, 2011 4:32 PM
Irene, the hurricane that weakened to a tropical storm, thrashed the East Coast, knocking out power to millions of homes and businesses, destroying piers and killing more than a dozen people.
Here's a state-by-state glance on how it's affected states along the Eastern seaboard: CONNECTICUT -- Irene made landfall... more »
August 23, 2011 7:29 PM
Some funeral home workers in Tennessee found two intruders sleeping inside some caskets and called police. Both men took off through a window when officers got there but one was caught and is charged with burglary and vandalism. It happened at Weaver's Funeral home in Bristol. Police say there was... more »
August 14, 2011 10:22 AM
BATON ROUGE- Fire investigators are trying to determine what started two fires that destroyed one home and damaged another early this morning.
The first fire burned the living room of a home in the 4300 block of Mohican Street.
Less than a mile away, and an hour later,... more »
August 8, 2011 12:23 PM
BATON ROUGE- An historical live oak tree on LSU's campus will be torn down this week, after it was damaged by lightning.
The Steele Burden Live Oak near LSU's natatorium was struck by lightning in May 2010, and died despite arborists' efforts.
"We did everything we could to... more »
July 6, 2011 7:34 PM
A national historic landmark on the Jersey shore is a lightning rod for bolts striking twice in the same place. Lucy the Elephant in Margate was hit over the weekend and it knocked out electrical, computer, alarm and air conditioning systems. The lightning strike could cost between $10,000 and a... more »
July 2, 2011 1:16 PM
LAKE PROVIDENCE, La.- Louisiana Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain visited the Bunches Bend area of East Carroll Parish to see the 10,000 acres of prime farm land that flooded when a century old levee failed during the recent battles against a high-running Mississippi River.
Bunches Bend had been protected on... more »
June 27, 2011 9:51 PM
BATON ROUGE- Flaws were left behind by the record level of the Mississippi River and could take up to $2 billion to fix.
In Baton Rouge, since the river dipped below flood stage, people are seeing fewer sand bags and more dry levee land.
Department of Public Works... more »
June 26, 2011 3:22 PM
MEMPHIS, Tenn.- The head of the group overseeing work by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says another floodway could be needed to relieve pressure on levees along the Mississippi River.
Maj. Gen. Michael J. Walsh told The Commercial Appeal that he's not saying the agency should build a new... more »
June 6, 2011 3:54 PM
BATON ROUGE - Downed power lines shut down I-10 in both directions for several hours this afternoon at the Picardy exit in Baton Rouge.
The lines came down after a severe thunderstorm with hail moved through the area this afternoon, also knocking out power to more than 5,000 people... more »