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  • 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 »
  • Study: Are we shifting to fewer, weaker Atlantic hurricanes?

    September 7, 2015 11:06 AM

    WASHINGTON - A new and controversial study asks if an end is coming to the busy Atlantic hurricane seasons of recent decades. The Atlantic looks like it's entering a new quieter cycle of storm activity, like in the 1970s and 1980s. That's what two hurricane researchers write in the journal... 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 »
  • Death toll rising in Dominica as 'Erika' nears Hispaniola

    August 28, 2015 12:58 PM

    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) - The death toll from Tropical Storm Erika is rising on the Caribbean island of Dominica as the system bears down on the Dominican Republic. Dominica Police Chief Daniel Carbon says additional bodies have been recovered from mudslide areas in the southeast of the island.... 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 »
  • Erika forms in the Atlantic

    August 24, 2015 11:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - No concern yet, but forecasters are watching what has now become Tropical Storm Erika in the central, tropical Atlantic. Erika, the fifth named storm of the Atlantic Hurricane Season, was named after becoming an organized storm Monday night. The National Hurricane Center advised at about 9:50... 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 »
  • DANNY UPDATE: First signs of weakening

    August 21, 2015 11:01 AM

    The first hurricane of the season also became the first “major” hurricane. On Friday Afternoon, Hurricane Danny reached category three strength with winds of 115mph, but just as soon after began losing steam. The storm remains small geographically, with hurricane force winds only extending 15 miles outward from the... more »
  • DANNY UPDATE: Small hurricane strengthens

    August 20, 2015 11:15 AM

    The fourth named storm of the 2015 season has become the year’s first hurricane. Though very small geographically, the core of Hurricane Danny contains 80mph winds and a minimum pressure of 990mb as of 4pm Thursday. Danny is chugging off to the west-northwest at 10-15mph. About 1,000 miles... 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 »
  • Cluster of showers in the middle of nowhere clogs timelines

    August 18, 2015 9:00 PM

    In case you missed it, a tropical depression formed on Tuesday. If you somehow missed that, certainly the internet informed you that a tropical storm was named. NOW: @NHC_Atlantic upgrades #TD4 to Tropical Storm #Danny ... details, plus more rain in #BatonRouge tonight @WBRZ . pic.twitter.com/d8Z9LAhxTv —... more »
  • State disaster agency watching TS Danny check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 »
  • Part 3: A communication nightmare

    October 31, 2014 12:14 PM

    On October 23, 2012, the European Center for Medium-range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) computerized weather forecast model was suggesting the metamorphosis of a Hurricane by the name of Sandy into a monstrous extra-tropical cyclone. This is not uncommon for late season tropical cyclones racing into the North Atlantic. What was... 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 »
  • Part 1: Super destructive

    October 29, 2014 11:21 AM

    Two years ago to the day, a rare Northeastern United States Post-Tropical Cyclone made landfall just north of Atlantic City New Jersey. Deemed "Superstorm" Sandy, the complex system caused 72 fatalities, the highest death tally outside of the Southern United States since Hurricane Agnes in 1972. Worldwide, Sandy... more »
  • Fay hits Bermuda, becomes hurricane in open waters

    October 12, 2014 5:11 PM

    KINGSTON, Jamaica - Fay toppled utility poles and knocked out power to thousands of people in Bermuda before moving out over open ocean and strengthening into a hurricane. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Sunday that Fay was not expected to maintain its hurricane status for long. It... more »
  • BR couple rescued from storm by Dr. Phil's son check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 »
  • Barely a peek by the peak

    September 10, 2014 10:27 AM

    As the peak of hurricane season has been reached, experts are nearing a bounce-back, verified forecast. Over the last 100 years, tropical cyclone activity has been greatest on September 10-meaning the peak of hurricane season has been reached. It is during the month of September that, typically, almost the... 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 »
  • Fewer storms, Cristobal a hurricane

    August 26, 2014 5:40 AM

    Aside from a coastal shower during the morning hours, sunshine and rapidly warming temperatures are expected to rule the early hours. By afternoon, some clouds will bubble up and perhaps squeeze out a spotty shower or thunderstorm, but most locations will keep dry today. Highs will make it into the... more »
  • Tropics reaching peak

    August 25, 2014 11:27 AM

    Thus far, as forecasted, the tropical season has been relatively quiet. There have been three named storms, Arthur, Bertha, and Cristobal, two of which achieved hurricane status, and likely Cristobal as well in the coming days. On average, by the final week of August, there are four named storms with... 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 »
  • Don't buy the hype, steal the truth

    August 20, 2014 10:48 AM

    It is inescapable; a few times each year, significant weather systems affect the United States. More frequently, long-term forecast models hint at the possibility of a serious weather event and nothing ever materializes. And intolerably too often, long-term weather modeling gets into the wrong hands and becomes a "hype-cast." ... more »
  • In New Orleans, a change in police command check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 »
  • Tropical Storm Iselle makes landfall on Hawaii check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 8, 2014 2:00 AM

    HONOLULU, HI - The National Weather Service says the eye of Tropical Storm Iselle has made landfall on Hawaii's Big Island. It is the first hurricane or tropical storm to hit the state in 22 years, and another hurricane is following in its path. Hurricane Julio, a Category 3 storm,... 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 »
  • Storm-weary Outer Banks battered but not beaten

    July 4, 2014 9:49 AM

    Hurricane Arthur made landfall on North Carolina's Outer Banks late Thursday, just after strengthening to a Category 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds near 100mph. At 11:15pm EST Arthur's eye came ashore in Shackleford Banks, North Carolina, near Cape Lookout, where 101mph winds were measured. Arthur was the first... 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 »
  • Arthur Strengthens

    July 3, 2014 10:12 AM

    On Thursday Morning, just prior to 5am EST, the National Hurricane Center deemed Arthur the first hurricane of the 2014 Atlantic Tropical Season. From 1966-2009, averages say the first hurricane develops near August 10. With the upgrade and a forecast of continued strengthening, hurricane warnings are in effect from Surf... 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 »
  • Plan for the storm

    May 30, 2014 10:02 AM

    It only takes one. Whether storm activity is predictably low or unexpectedly high for the upcoming or any tropical season, it is important to always have a plan in place. Once a storm has developed, there is far too little time to make adequate preparations to ensure the full safety... 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? check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 »
  • Hurricane Preparedness Week

    May 25, 2014 5:43 PM

    History has shown that many tropical tragedies are related to a lack of hurricane awareness and preparation. This year, from May 24-30 the National Hurricane Center , the WBRZ Weather Team and hopefully you will participate in National Hurricane Preparedness Week. Together, we'll discuss the science behind tropical cyclones, the... more »
  • Getting ready for the hurricane sales tax holiday weekend check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 »
  • All in: 2014 tropical outlooks issued

    May 22, 2014 11:04 AM

    Thursday Morning, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Climate Prediction Center forecasters issued their prediction for the 2014 Atlantic Tropical Hurricane season, following an April forecast from experts at Colorado State University. NOAA is anticipating near to below normal activity during the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Forecasters have projected 8-13... more »
  • Aircraft tour prior to potential tropical turbulence

    May 19, 2014 9:27 AM

    NOAA hurricane experts are taking flight ahead of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season which officially begins on June 1. This week, a hurricane hunter aircraft will visit five cities along the Gulf of Mexico in hopes of building awareness about storm threats. A key emphasis will be the importance... more »
  • La. tax holiday for storm supplies next week

    May 12, 2014 3:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State revenue officials say purchases of flashlights, batteries, portable generators and other emergency supplies are free from Louisiana's 4 percent state sales tax May 24-25. The Louisiana Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday gives residents a chance to prepare for storm season, which begins June 1. The sales... 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 »
  • Researchers: wind turbines could fight hurricanes

    February 27, 2014 11:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Soon, a part of Old South Baton Rouge will be turned into the center of research to deal with issues about sustaining the coastline, a vital part of hurricane protection. But, other researchers said they have an idea about a way to cut a hurricane's power and... more »
  • Katrina flooding case to go to jury Wednesday

    February 4, 2014 11:26 AM

    GRETNA - Deliberations should begin Wednesday for the jury deciding the Hurricane Katrina flooding case in Jefferson Parish. They are deciding whether local government and former Parish President Aaron Broussard are liable for damage to property after drainage pumps went unused. Jurors were sent home Tuesday, and attorneys... more »
  • LA's unspent hurricane recovery money

    January 2, 2014 9:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana has yet to spend $1.5 billion of federal disaster recovery aid provided by Congress after hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike ravaged the state in 2005 and 2008. The flexible block grant rebuilding and strengthening money remains set aside for infrastructure repairs, home rebuilding, school reconstruction... more »

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