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  • $13.3M settlement in Katrina police shootings

    December 19, 2016 2:15 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans' mayor has announced $13.3 million in settlements of lawsuits over deadly police shootings after Hurricane Katrina and a fatal beating just before the 2005 storm. At a Monday afternoon news conference, Mayor Mitch Landrieu also apologized to the victims' families and said he hopes their... more »
  • NASA launches 8 mini-satellites for hurricane forecasting

    December 15, 2016 10:14 AM

    CAPE CANAVERAL - NASA has launched eight mini-satellites to measure surface wind deep in the heart of hurricanes. The plane carrying the satellites took off shortly after sunrise Thursday from Cape Canaveral, Florida. An hour later, the co-pilot pushed the button that released the Pegasus rocket and attached satellites 39,000... more »
  • Hurricane season 2016 ends today

    November 30, 2016 12:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Wednesday, Nov. 30 marks the last day of the 2016 hurricane season. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says that the hurricane season for the Atlantic was the first above-normal season since 2012. The Atlantic Ocean saw 15 named storms in 2016, including seven hurricanes:... more »
  • Late-season Tropical Storm Otto forms in southwest Caribbean

    November 21, 2016 1:40 PM

    MIAMI - Late-season Tropical Storm Otto has formed in the southwestern Caribbean and forecasters say it could become a hurricane in the coming days. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said the storm had top sustained winds of 50 mph (85 kph) as of 1 p.m. EST Monday and... more »
  • Road to recovery could test patience of Matthew victims

    October 15, 2016 3:11 PM

    TARBORO - Thousands of displaced Louisiana families are still waiting for government assistance to return home two months after the historically catastrophic deluge from a no-name storm system. An equally stressful housing crunch could await victims of Hurricane Matthew, which just dealt a deadly and destructive blow to the East... more »
  • UN chief in Haiti to get glimpse of Matthew's destruction

    October 15, 2016 2:53 PM

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has arrived in Haiti to see firsthand a sliver of the extensive damage and destruction left by Hurricane Matthew. Ban was greeted Saturday by Prime Minister Enex Jean-Charles after he stepped out of a U.N. jet at the airport in Haiti's capital of... more »
  • 2 more N Carolina deaths raise Matthew's US death toll to 43

    October 15, 2016 12:46 PM

    RALEIGH, N.C. - Searchers have found two more bodies inside vehicles that were submerged in flood waters in North Carolina from Hurricane Matthew, increasing the toll in the state to 26 dead. Gov. Pat McCrory said at a news conference Saturday that the victims were found in Cumberland County and... more »
  • Florida raises Hurricane Matthew death toll to 9

    October 11, 2016 9:24 PM

    MIAMI- Florida officials say nine deaths are now blamed on Hurricane Matthew. The state's tally includes two deaths in Miami-Dade County, one each in Orange, Putnam and Duval counties and four in Volusia County. The four deaths reported by Volusia officials were a woman struck by a falling tree during... more »
  • President Obama signs disaster declaration for North Carolina

    October 10, 2016 9:31 PM

    FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - President Barack Obama has signed a disaster declaration for North Carolina, making federal funding available to individuals affected by Hurricane Matthew, according to a White House statement. The disaster declaration will provide assistance to affected residents in 10 North Carolina counties. Federal funding is available to... more »
  • 8 die in North Carolina flooding, 5 missing

    October 8, 2016 11:12 AM

    COLUMBIA, S.C. - North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory says eight people have died after Hurricane Matthew smacked the state with torrential rains and authorities are searching for five people. McCrory said Sunday afternoon that dangerous flooding will last into next week. Thousands of people had to be rescued from homes... more »
  • Carbon monxide from generator kills Florida couple riding out storm

    October 7, 2016 9:23 PM

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Authorities say an elderly couple appears to have died from carbon monoxide poisoning while running a generator after Hurricane Matthew, raising the U.S. death toll from the storm to 4. A post on the St. Lucie County Fire District's Facebook page says rescuers responded to couple's... more »
  • Areas of southern Florida now under hurricane warning

    October 4, 2016 11:15 PM

    MIAMI - Areas under a hurricane "watch" near the southeast tip of Florida have now been switched to a hurricane "warning" as Hurricane Matthew makes it way to the coast according to the National Hurricane Center. The hurricane "watch" has additionally been extended northward toward the Flagler-Volusia county... more »
  • Matthew now a powerful Category 4 hurricane

    September 30, 2016 5:35 PM

    MIAMI - Hurricane Matthew has rapidly strengthened into a powerful Category 4 storm, and a hurricane watch has now been issued for Jamaica. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says Matthew is packing top sustained winds of 140 mph (220 kph) after gaining new strength Friday over the central... more »
  • Tropical Storm Julia keeping strength off coast of Carolinas

    September 16, 2016 12:50 PM

    MIAMI - Tropical Storm Julia is maintaining its strength off the coast of the Carolinas but is expected to gradually start weakening. The storm's maximum sustained winds Friday morning are near 40 mph (64 kph). The U.S. National Hurricane Center says little change in strength is expected Friday but gradual... more »
  • Over 107K in Georgia lose power due to Hermine

    September 2, 2016 11:57 AM

    SAVANNAH, Ga. - More than 107,000 customers were reported without power across Georgia as crews worked to repair damage left by Hermine. Georgia Power reported on its online outage map shortly before noon Friday that about 30,000 were in the Savannah area and more than 20,000 others were in... more »
  • 11 years later, New Orleans remembers Katrina

    August 29, 2016 9:01 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - It's been 11 years since the wind, rain and subsequent levee breaks associated with Hurricane Katrina deluged New Orleans. On Monday, officials marked the occasion with wreath-laying ceremonies to remember those who lost their lives to the flooding and celebrations to commemorate those who survived. Mayor Mitch... more »
  • Hurricane Gaston strengthens but poses no threat to land

    August 28, 2016 2:57 PM

    MIAMI - Hurricane Gaston is gathering strength as it moves northwestward in the Atlantic, but forecasters say it poses no threat to land. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says Gaston reformed as a hurricane Saturday night. On Sunday, Gaston was clocking maximum sustained winds of 105 mph (165... more »
  • Tropical Storm Gaston is moving northwest in the Atlantic

    August 26, 2016 11:28 AM

    MIAMI - Tropical Storm Gaston is moving northwestward in the Atlantic with no change in strength. The storm's maximum sustained winds early Friday are near 65 mph (110 kph). The U.S. National Hurricane Center says strengthening is forecast during the next two days and Gaston could re-strengthen to a hurricane... more »
  • Phone surveys on hurricane preparedness to begin

    August 1, 2016 5:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is conducting a study on Hurricane Preparedness. LSU's Stephenson Disaster Management Institute will be conducting a phone survey on individual preparedness actions. The survey will be conducted during August, September and October. The average phone survey will... more »
  • Tropical Depression Bonnie moving away from East Coast

    June 3, 2016 11:33 AM

    MIAMI - Tropical Depression Bonnie is moving away from the U.S. East Coast on Friday, a day after re-forming into a tropical system. Bonnie's maximum sustained winds Friday morning are near 35 mph (55 kph). The U.S. National Hurricane Center says strengthening is possible later in the day and Bonnie... more »
  • Gather and stash to always be ready

    May 18, 2016 9:33 AM

    You’re going to need supplies not just to get through the storm but for the potentially lengthy and unpleasant aftermath. You will want to plan for two situations: Remaining in your home after a disaster or evacuating to a safer location. Have enough non-perishable food, water and medicine to last... more »
  • The route and destination, have an evacuation plan

    May 16, 2016 10:22 AM

    Determine if whether or not you live in a storm surge hurricane evacuation zone or if you’re in a home that would be unsafe during a hurricane. If you are, figure out where you would go and how you would get there if told to evacuate. You do not need... more »
  • Governor Edwards names May 15 start of Hurricane Preparedness Week

    May 15, 2016 7:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Governor John Bel Edwards proclaimed on Sunday that May 15 – 21 will be Hurricane Preparedness Week. Edwards released a joint statement with the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness to urge residents to “get a game plan” for the upcoming hurricane season. “Now... more »
  • El Nino fizzling: what does this mean for the upcoming hurricane season?

    April 14, 2016 11:18 AM

    El Niño is scheduled to depart while the likelihood is increasing that La Niña will take over. For climate pundits, it should come as no surprise that the tropical research team with Colorado State University is predicting average activity for the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Their outlook calls for... more »
  • NOAA: Hurricane Hunter planes to stay in Florida

    April 7, 2016 12:56 PM

    TAMPA - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says it plans to find a home for its famed Hurricane Hunter aircraft that is within 50 miles of MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa. NOAA made the announcement Wednesday. The Tampa Bay Times (http://bit.ly/1YflzbZ) reports it's the first concrete indication by... more »
  • Rare January hurricane forms in the Atlantic

    January 14, 2016 10:48 AM

    Just before 9am Thursday, Alex became the first hurricane to develop in the Atlantic basin during the month of January since 1938. It is also the first storm to have a name in January since Alice developed in December, but carried into January in 1955. #BREAKING : With... more »
  • Citizens Property Insurance continues to shed policies

    November 13, 2015 9:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's property insurer of last resort expects to shift about 10,000 policies to private insurance companies for 2016, a move that will reduce premiums by roughly $20 million. Citizens officials say seven private companies have requested policies from Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corp. Thursday. So far, insurance agents... more »
  • Hurricane Kate forms in the Atlantic, north of Bermuda

    November 11, 2015 5:32 AM

    MIAMI, FL.- Hurricane Kate has formed in the Atlantic north of Bermuda, becoming the fourth hurricane of the Atlantic season. The hurricane's maximum sustained winds early Wednesday are near 75 mph. Kate is centered about 260 miles north of Bermuda and is moving northeast near 40 mph. The U.S. National... more »
  • Hurricane Patricia strongest on record for region

    October 23, 2015 8:18 AM

    UNDATED- The U.N.'s World Meteorological Organization says Hurricane Patricia is packing comparable force to that of Typhoon Haiyan, which left more than 7,300 dead or missing in the Philippines two years ago. WMO spokeswoman Claire Nullis says Patricia is evolving quickly and already "the strongest-ever hurricane to hit the eastern... more »
  • Coast Guard ending search for cargo ship's crew

    October 7, 2015 2:00 PM

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Coast Guard has told family members it is ending its search for 33 missing crew members from a U.S. cargo ship that sank last week during Hurricane Joaquin. The father of a missing crew member said the Coast Guard will end its search for survivors... more »
  • Joaquin becomes 'dangerous Category 4 hurricane'

    October 1, 2015 2:10 PM

    Forecasters say Hurricane Joaquin has strengthened to "an extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane." The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Thursday afternoon that additional strengthening is expected over the next 24 hours, as the storm moves past the Bahamas, bringing winds, heavy rain, dangerous surf and significant storm surge.... more »
  • Roof repair program benefits Ascension hurricane victims

    September 15, 2015 6:59 PM

    ASCENSION PARISH - A new federally-funded program will provide money to households with roof damages caused by Hurricanes Gustav and Isaac. The $200,000 in federal funds are currently in the hands of the Ascension Parish government. During the next few months they will determine which homes deserve a portion... more »
  • Tropical Storm Fred is weakening in the Atlantic

    September 3, 2015 12:11 PM

    MIAMI - Tropical Storm Fred is weakening far out over the Atlantic. The storm's maximum sustained winds Thursday at 11 a.m. are 40 mph (65 kph). The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says Fred is expected to weaken from a cyclone to a post-tropical low later Thursday or... more »
  • Hurricane Awareness Day Play Video

    September 3, 2015 10:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The peak of Hurricane season is right around the corner and and everyone in Louisiana should have a plan. The National Hurricane Museum and Science Center is holding a Hurricane Awareness Day to make sure everyone is prepared in case disaster strikes. The event will showcase exhibits and... more »
  • Hurricane Fred forms in the Atlantic

    August 31, 2015 9:41 AM

    MIAMI- Fred has strengthened to a hurricane as it approaches the Cape Verde Islands in the Atlantic Ocean. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says Fred's maximum sustained winds Monday morning are near 80 mph. Gradual weakening is forecast to begin Tuesday. Hurricane Fred is centered about 40 miles... more »
  • Florida prepares as Tropical Storm Erika nears

    August 28, 2015 12:09 PM

    St. PETERSBURG - Fla. - All of Florida is watching Tropical Storm Erika as the disorganized system makes its way over Hispaniola. Dennis Feltgen of the National Hurricane Center in Miami said as of 11 a.m. Friday, the forecast shows the storm hitting the state Monday. The forecast path... more »
  • Southern discusses effects of Katrina 10 years later

    August 25, 2015 5:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Around 500 Southern University students took part Tuesday in a symposium to discuss the effects Hurricane Katrina had on the law enforcement, demographics, economy and way of life in New Orleans. The hurricane struck the Gulf Coast nearly ten years ago, killing more than 1,000 people... more »
  • First responders take part in week long animal rescue training

    August 23, 2015 6:11 PM

    GONZALES, La. - Various groups and organizations from all over the country are getting trained in rescuing animals in case of a natural disaster like Hurricane Katrina. Groups like the American Humane Association along with LSU School of Veterinary Medicine took part in the training. One of the instructors, Dick... more »
  • Obama to visit New Orleans for 10th anniversary of hurricane

    August 19, 2015 11:25 AM

    EDGARTOWN - President Barack Obama will visit New Orleans next week to mark the approaching 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The powerful storm struck Louisiana on Aug. 29, 2005, causing significant damage to the Gulf Coast and forcing a storm surge that breached New Orleans' levee system and flooded large... more »
  • State disaster agency watching TS Danny Play Video

    August 18, 2015 7:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's disaster response agency will start coordinating with parish and municipal leaders Wednesday about Tropical Storm Danny. A spokesperson with the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness said it's standard protocol whenever a tropical depression forms in the Atlantic. If the storm does threaten... more »
  • New trial upheld for 5 ex-cops in post-Katrina shootings

    August 18, 2015 6:55 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court decision keeps five former New Orleans police officers on track for a new trial in connection with deadly shootings of unarmed people amid the chaos that followed Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Four of the men are charged in the shootings at the Danziger... more »
  • State marking ten years since Katrina, Rita

    July 30, 2015 5:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State officials said as Louisiana marks ten years since hurricanes Katrina and Rita impacted the Gulf coast they're drawing attention to the recovery work that's been done. The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness created a website which offers a complete look at Louisiana's... more »
  • Dolores reaches hurricane strength in the Pacific

    July 13, 2015 4:52 PM

    MIAMI - Dolores has reached hurricane strength in the Pacific Ocean, though a tropical storm watch has been discontinued for coastal Mexico. Hurricane Dolores is expected to bring some rainfall totaling 1 to 3 inches along the southwestern coast of Mexico, with isolated amounts of up to 5 inches. But... more »
  • FEMA sets up hotline for flood insurance policyholders

    June 16, 2015 7:51 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- With the 2015 hurricane season underway, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has launched a National Flood Insurance Program call center pilot program to serve and support policyholders with the servicing of their claims. Flood insurance claims can be complicated, and policyholders may have questions in the days and... more »
  • La. residents urged to plan for hurricane season

    June 1, 2015 12:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal opened hurricane season today by encouraging all Louisianians to have a game plan for this season. "In Louisiana, we know firsthand how devastating hurricanes can be," Jindal said Monday. "Our people are all too familiar with the danger of high winds, storm surge... more »
  • State sales tax exemption on hurricane items begins Saturday Play Video

    May 29, 2015 6:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - It's a tax free weekend for Louisiana residents interested in purchasing hurricane supplies on Saturday and Sunday. The state sales tax holiday kicks off at 12:01 a.m. Saturday morning and comes to a close at 11:59 p.m. Sunday night. "This is a good opportunity for... more »
  • Mitch Landrieu looks at 10 years since Katrina, his 5 in office

    May 29, 2015 4:40 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Mayor Mitch Landrieu says New Orleans has come a long way in the 10 years since Hurricane Katrina and the five years since he took office, and still has a lot to do. He says a website called Katrina10.org will showcase the city's recovery. His "State of the... more »
  • Hurricane preparedness sales tax begins next weekend

    May 22, 2015 1:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The annual hurricane preparedness sales tax holiday is right around the corner in Louisiana. On May 30 and 31 people can buy things like flashlights and portable generators without having to pay the 4 percent state sales tax. The exemption only applies to the first... more »
  • Citizens considers rate increase for coastal customer

    May 15, 2015 8:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE- More than 65,000 homeowners in coastal parishes covered by the state's insurer of last resort could see their rates jump 10 percent after Aug. 16. Under state law, Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corp. must charge 10 percent more than private insurance companies. However, the state Legislature passed a... more »
  • 'Flood city' residents see no relief despite legal win Play Video

    May 14, 2015 6:59 PM

    NEW ROADS - Some homeowners in Pointe Coupee Parish say they're still waiting for a promised fix to bad drainage after hurricane Gustav destroyed about 80 homes in their neighborhood. They say nothing has been done to prevent future flooding in the seven years since the storm. "Someone... more »
  • Hearing set in ex-cops' post-Katrina shooting

    April 29, 2015 6:34 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Federal prosecutors are asking an appeals court to reinstate the convictions of five former New Orleans police officers on civil rights charges stemming from the deadly shootings of unarmed civilians in storm-struck New Orleans in 2005. Four of the men are charged in the shootings at the Danziger... more »
  • Indian guest workers win $14M award in trafficking case

    February 18, 2015 5:15 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal jury has awarded $14.1 million to five Indian guest workers who claimed they were defrauded and made to live in squalid conditions after being lured to work for an Alabama-based marine and fabrication company following Hurricane Katrina. The jury handed up its verdict Wednesday against... more »
  • Officials having second thoughts about paying contractor

    February 16, 2015 10:52 AM

    LIVINGSTON - Some Livingston Parish Council members are having second thoughts about paying a former parish contractor Corey delaHoussaye is accused of going to a Mardi Gras parade, working out at the gym and playing golf during hours he claimed to be working for the parish after Hurricane Gustav. DelaHoussaye... more »
  • More than 2 years after closing, Swamp Walk opens again

    January 21, 2015 2:11 PM

    PONCHATOULA - A hidden, intimate and free pathway that provides nature lovers an up close and personal look at Louisiana's swampland has reopened, more than two years after it was closed. Located below the raised portion of I-55 south of Ponchatoula, the Joyce Wildlife Management Area Swamp Walk has... more »
  • Audit: Work still needed on tracking hurricane aid

    December 22, 2014 2:31 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A state audit shows Louisiana has a long way to go to ascertain that more than a billion dollars in housing aid has been used properly by the thousands of people who got federal help from the catastrophic 2005 hurricane season. The Louisiana Legislative Auditor report, released... more »
  • Education think tank head quits after flawed study

    November 10, 2014 12:28 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A Tulane University institute that studies New Orleans public education changes that followed Hurricane Katrina has announced the resignation of its executive director. The resignation of John Ayers comes weeks after the Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives retracted a study on New Orleans high schools. The... more »
  • NYC adult home residents asked to repay FEMA aid

    November 9, 2014 10:34 AM

    NEW YORK - Residents of an assisted-living center in New York City who spent months in shelters after Superstorm Sandy now have a new headache: FEMA wants them to repay thousands of dollars in disaster aid. Robert Rosenberg is among a dozen residents of Belle Harbor Manor who have been... more »
  • Landrieu revisits Hurricane Katrina in Senate race

    October 31, 2014 2:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu is trying to remind voters of her effort six years ago to draw billions in federal disaster aid to Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. Since then, Landrieu has lost much of that post-Katrina goodwill. As Election Day nears, Landrieu and Democratic Party surrogates have... more »
  • BR couple rescued from storm by Dr. Phil's son Play Video

    September 15, 2014 10:42 PM

    CABO SAN LUCAS - About 30,000 tourists have been put up in temporary shelters after Hurricane Odile moved ashore and leveled much of what was in its path. A number of families from the Baton Rouge-area where vacation along the popular Mexican coastline as the storm approached. "We woke... more »
  • Appeals court says school workers improperly fired

    September 4, 2014 3:38 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in the case of thousands of New Orleans public school employees who were fired after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Lower courts have ruled that the employees were denied due process rights by the New Orleans school board and the... more »
  • Solemn remembrances mark 9th Katrina Anniversary Play Video

    August 29, 2014 3:40 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Emotional ceremonies, memorials and speeches along the Gulf Coast marked the ninth anniversary of the landfall of Hurricane Katrina. In New Orleans, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Julian Castro, the secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, attended a wreath-laying ceremony today where scores of... more »
  • Tropical Storm Cristobal to move away from Bahamas

    August 25, 2014 7:47 AM

    MIAMI, FL - Tropical Storm Cristobal is expected to move northward away from the Bahamas but is forecast to stay away from the U.S. East Coast. The storm's maximum sustained winds Monday morning increased to near 60 mph. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says gradual strengthening is expected and Cristobal... more »
  • In New Orleans, a change in police command Play Video

    August 19, 2014 3:31 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Post-Katrina scandals have abated and the homicide rate dropped markedly last year in New Orleans. But violent crime still plagues the city and challenges abound for the person who ultimately replaces police chief Ronal Serpas. The city native and career police officer who took over the department... more »
  • 2 "hurricane hunter" planes will get $35M overhaul

    August 14, 2014 3:02 PM

    TAMPA, Fla. - Two "hurricane hunter" aircraft based in Florida will get a $35 million overhaul starting next year. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials say the refurbishing won't take the two Orion P-3 propeller planes out of service this hurricane season. Most of NOAA's flights into hurricanes are based... more »
  • GOHSEP no longer sending help to Hawaii

    August 10, 2014 1:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness says they are no longer sending a two-person team to Hawaii to help with storm conditions. GOHSEP says conditions have improved enough to where Hawaii has withdrawn it's request for help from Louisiana. Initially, Hawaii had... more »
  • Emergency managers reviewing disaster plans

    July 16, 2014 11:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Emergency managers from Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi gathered in Covington today to go over hurricane evacuation plans and icy roadway mapping. The gathering of state- and local-level emergency managers will let them go over contraflow evacuation plans for each state, county, and parish in the region... more »
  • Arthur hits NC coast just before July 4 holiday

    July 4, 2014 2:30 AM

    KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. - Hurricane Arthur is moving offshore and away from North Carolina's Outer Banks after slashing into the state's barrier islands overnight. Duke Energy says about 22,000 are without power across the Carolinas early Friday. Arthur strengthened to a Category 2 storm with winds of 100 mph... more »
  • Outer bands of Hurricane Arthur start reaching parts of North Carolina

    July 3, 2014 8:06 AM

    MIAMI, FL - Arthur has strengthened to a hurricane in the Atlantic, where it threatens to deliver the Carolinas a glancing blow on Independence Day. The hurricane's maximum sustained winds Thursday morning were 80 mph. The storm's outer bands have started to reach southern parts of North Carolina. Hurricane warnings... more »
  • Study: People fear male-named hurricanes more

    June 2, 2014 2:36 PM

    WASHINGTON - Which scares you more: Hurricane Victor or Hurricane Victoria? A new study finds that people are slightly less likely to flee an oncoming storm with a feminine name than a masculine one. But here is Victoria's secret: Hurricanes with feminine names turn out to be deadlier in the... more »
  • Prepare your tax records for hurricane season

    June 2, 2014 1:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state Department of Revenue encouraged Louisiana residents Monday to remember their financial records in hurricane preparedness plans. Click here to watch WBRZ's hurricane special, "Weathering The Storm" Secretary of Revenue Tim Barfield said water damage is a serious danger to paper records, and said... more »
  • New Orleans metro area officials to talk hurricane

    May 30, 2014 3:08 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Officials from around the New Orleans metro area will gather to talk about the hurricane season that begins Sunday. They'll be talking Friday about hurricane preparedness and public safety, coordination among state and local organizations and agencies, and about the levee systems. They include the district commander... more »
  • Are you insurance ready for hurricane season? Play Video

    May 29, 2014 8:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Hurricane season is here, and now is the time to make sure you're insurance ready. Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon stopped by 2une In Thursday to tell you everything you need to know to be prepared. Forecasters are predicting a light hurricane season, but all it takes... more »
  • Getting ready for the hurricane sales tax holiday weekend Play Video

    May 22, 2014 5:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state sales tax holiday will save shoppers money on hurricane preparedness items. Hurricane season starts June 1. The state sales tax will not apply to certain supplies including batteries, phone chargers, carbon monoxide detectors and tarps May 24-25. Shoppers can go out early to pick... more »
  • Animal rescue training held ahead of hurricane season

    May 1, 2014 12:41 PM

    VENTRESS - Emergency responders practiced saving stuffed animals this week as part of training to better handle animal water rescues during the upcoming hurricane season. The rescue training for firemen, animal control officers, state veterinarians and vet technicians will teach them how to better save stranded, displaced or injured... more »
  • LSU researcher makes waves with storm surge database Play Video

    April 23, 2014 5:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Some areas along the Gulf coast may be more susceptible to storm surges than others, according to research done by climatologist at LSU. Hal Needham led the charge to create SURGEDAT, a comprehensive database that compiles storm surge data from hurricanes and tropical storms dating back to... more »

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