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  • State tax holiday for hurricane preparedness this weekend

    May 22, 2017 11:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Department of Revenue announced a sales tax holiday for Hurricane preparedness emergency supplies. The Louisiana Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, May 27, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, May 28. The sales tax holiday provides a... more »
  • HURRICANE X: make the plan

    May 19, 2017 10:08 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 »
  • HURRICANE X: know your risk

    May 19, 2017 9:45 AM

    On average, over a two year period, 3 hurricanes strike United States coastline with one of them being considered major. Research on tropical cyclone return periods shows that Louisiana averages a hurricane strike every 7-8 years. The last was Isaac in 2012. It’s easy to forget what a hurricane is... more »
  • CSU: hurricane season to have slightly below average activity

    April 6, 2017 10:56 AM

    In an annual extended Atlantic Basin hurricane season forecast, tropical experts at Colorado State University are projecting slightly below normal activity for the 2017 season. The forecast is calling for 11 named storms, 4 hurricanes and 2 major hurricanes. The research team cites a weak to moderate El Nino... 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 »
  • Unusual 2016 hurricane season continues with Invest 96L

    July 28, 2016 10:38 AM

    Newly classified Invest 96L is expected to have a rough transit across the Atlantic Ocean. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is giving the cluster of showers and thunderstorms a 30 percent chance of further development over the next two days and 40 percent chance by early next week. At this... more »
  • Are you covered? The answer is a call away

    May 17, 2016 7:39 AM

    With the many and significant threats to property posed by a tropical cyclone, call your insurance company or agent now, before the season. Ask for an insurance check-up to make sure you have enough homeowners insurance to repair or even replace your home. Don’t forget coverage for your car or... more »
  • Deadly Erika, Joaquin dumped with Patricia as storm names

    April 26, 2016 10:03 AM

    MIAMI - The organization that names tropical storms and hurricanes says it will retire the names Erika, Joaquin and Patricia following the 2015 season. The World Meteorological Organization announced Monday that Elsa and Julian will be used for future storms in the Atlantic, while Pamela will be used in... more »
  • Houma Civic Center hurricane upgrades completed

    March 16, 2016 9:20 AM

    HOUMA - Renovations to make the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center more resilient to hurricanes have been completed. Beginning in 2012, The Courier reports Terrebonne Parish began the work of hardening key facilities around the parish to allow needed officials and first responders to perform the work of getting the parish back... more »
  • Company settles complaint over Indian workers after Katrina

    December 18, 2015 3:16 PM

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The government says an Alabama-based company will pay about $5 million to settle discrimination claims involving nearly 500 Indians forced to live in crowded, unsanitary camps after coming to work following hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced the agreement... more »
  • Forecasters confident this hurricane season will be light

    August 6, 2015 11:56 AM

    MIAMI - Forecasters are even more confident that this Atlantic hurricane season will be a breeze. But the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration still warns coastal residents to be vigilant as the six-month season hits its peak. NOAA's Climate Prediction Center on Thursday gave its forecast calling for... more »
  • Hurricane center: New warnings on storm surge

    December 11, 2014 10:32 AM

    MIAMI - If tropical weather approaches the U.S. next year, coastal residents will see separate warnings about storm surge in addition to warnings about tropical storm- and hurricane-force winds. National Hurricane Center officials said Thursday that separate warnings for storm surge should provide emergency managers and the public with better... more »
  • Louisville defeats Miami 31-13 in ACC debut

    September 2, 2014 8:51 AM

    LOUISVILLE, KY - Dominique Brown's 15-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and Gerald Christian's 10-yard TD catch late in the fourth followed Louisville's big defensive performance that helped beat Miami 31-13 Monday night. The victory provided a successful Atlantic Coast Conference debut for the Cardinals and to Bobby Petrino's... more »
  • St. Helena Parish makes strides in bridge construction Play Video

    August 21, 2014 3:56 PM

    GREENSBURG - St. Helena Parish is coming closer and closer to finishing a project they started at the beginning of the year. A total of 5 bridges are a part of a project that the parish has started in order to rebuild the old structures. Residents say the... more »
  • Hawaii rattled by quake as hurricanes near

    August 7, 2014 11:52 AM

    HONOLULU - The U.S. Geological Survey reports a magnitude-4.5 earthquake has rattled Hawaii's Big Island, as two hurricanes rumbled toward the islands. The temblor struck on the north tip of the Big Island, about 7 miles from Waimea at 6:24 a.m. local time. The U.S. Geological Survey initially announced the... more »
  • Louisiana oyster beds recovering after storms, oil spill

    June 25, 2014 3:36 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Restaurants and seafood industry officials in New Orleans are recycling oyster shells in hopes of revitalizing what dealers say is a depleted Gulf of Mexico harvest. State officials said Tuesday they don't have current figures on the size of recent harvests. But dealers in New Orleans and... 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 »
  • Scientists to drop research drones into hurricanes

    May 27, 2014 12:58 PM

    MIAMI - The point where the roiling ocean meets the fury of a hurricane's winds may hold the key to improving storm intensity forecasts - but it's nearly impossible for scientists to see. That may change this summer, thanks to post-Hurricane Sandy federal funding and a handful of winged drones... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Karen dissipates!

    October 6, 2013 10:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Sunday morning, what was left of Karen finally fell apart. Karen has dissipated, according to meteorologists who have spent the last 48 hours closely watching the pesky storm. Satellite imagery indicated that the center was no longer well defined. What is left of the storm still... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: "So Nice, They Named it Twice..."

    July 30, 2013 7:22 PM

    Weatherwise Magazine posted an article on the most populous city in the United States. New York City rests in an area where atmospheric forces clash, including Canadian arctic air masses and the warm Gulf Stream current; flowing northward along the Atlantic Seaboard. New Yorkers enjoy and despise a variety of... more »
  • La. National Guard employees furloughed

    July 17, 2013 11:05 PM

    CARVILLE- Half of the state's full-time National Guard employees are being furloughed. It is related to the national government sequestration. Employees, including guardsmen, could get a 20% reduction in their pay because of the unpaid days off. It started in July and continues until September. Leadership at... more »
  • Coastal homeowners stagger under insurance costs

    May 31, 2013 10:40 AM

    GULF SHORES, Ala. - Stan Virden moved into his 2,400-square-foot house overlooking a rock-lined canal in 1996 and paid less than $1,000 a year for homeowners insurance. Now the 80-year-old Navy captain is considering moving to Atlanta to be near family, but he says potential buyers for the house are... more »
  • State agency calls for disaster volunteers

    May 29, 2013 3:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Health officials called for volunteers to help support Louisiana in case of an emergency this hurricane season. "Volunteers are the backbone of our response to emergencies like hurricanes," said Assistant Secretary for Public Health J.T. Lane. DHH said Louisiana Volunteers in Action (LAVA) can provide... more »
  • Hurricanes offer lessons for builders

    March 25, 2013 1:17 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- Builders examining the lessons from Hurricane Sandy say their findings after the October storm closely track the disaster of Hurricane Katrina seven years earlier. Elevating generators and pumps is a good idea, but enclosing elevated foundations that might be hit by waves or wave-borne debris may be a... more »
  • Congress passes $50.5B Superstorm Sandy aid bill

    January 28, 2013 5:46 PM

    WASHINGTON - Congress is sending a $50.5 billion emergency relief measure for Superstorm Sandy victims to President Barack Obama for his signature. The Senate on Monday cleared the bill, 62-36. Northeast lawmakers say the money is desperately needed to help recovery efforts from the one of the region's worst storms.... more »

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