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  • 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 »
  • Inland flooding

    May 22, 2015 12:08 PM

    Aside from surge and tide impacts, widespread heavy rainfall associated with tropical cyclones may produce amounts in excess of 6 inches. This may even occur well inland and away from where the storm made initial landfall. 25 percent of tropical cyclone deaths of the last 50 years are a direct... more »
  • Storm surge

    May 22, 2015 11:55 AM

    Considered the most life-threatening of tropical hazards is the storm surge. Since 1963, storm surge has caused over half of the tropical cyclone deaths in the United States. Water (including inland flooding), and not wind, has accounted for more than 90% of tropical cyclone deaths. This particular danger can... 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 »
  • No major U.S. hurricane landfall in nine years; longest in recorded history

    October 24, 2014 8:48 AM

    Following an extremely active hurricane season in 2005, the US has experienced quite a dry spell in major hurricane landfalls. While there have been some significant landfalls including Gustav, Ike, Isaac and Sandy, the United States has not experienced a major hurricane (category 3+) landfall since Wilma hit Florida on... more »
  • Most intense hurricane ever

    September 16, 2014 10:57 AM

    With world records at stake, environmental scientists have set out to determine the likelihood of a reported 42-foot storm surge and a minimum central pressure of 880mb. For comparison's sake, Hurricane Katrina brought a 20-30 foot storm surge to portions of the Gulf Coast and had a pressure of... 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 »
  • 2 years and counting

    August 27, 2014 8:26 AM

    The last time Southeastern Louisiana has been under a hurricane warning was exactly two years ago-August 27, 2012 as Hurricane Isaac approached the coast. Most coastal National Weather Service forecast offices have gone even longer without needing to issue such an advisory. After the quietest hurricane season since 1983... more »
  • St. Helena Parish makes strides in bridge construction check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 »
  • Breaker of humidity, deflector of hurricane

    August 13, 2014 8:42 AM

    Barely noticeable, but undeniably welcome, an August "cold front" is providing South Louisiana and Southern Mississippi with a slight downswing in the oppressive summertime humidity. The third and most subtle such occurrence this summer will keep temperatures near or just a touch below average, but mitigate the steam to greater... 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 »
  • After the storm

    May 30, 2014 10:15 AM

    Once a storm has passed, continue to monitor WBRZ and NOAA weather radio for forecasts and hazard bulletins. Wait until an area has been declared safe before relocating. Watch for closed roads as they may be flooded. Never drive your car into an unknown depth of water. Just 6... more »
  • Forecasting the storm

    May 29, 2014 11:01 AM

    Different from your daily 7-day forecast and futurecast rain chances, the National Hurricane Center issues several probability-based graphics. This is done to provide insight and assist in decision making for those possibly affected by inherently erratic tropical cyclones. The first product you will see, prior to the development of... 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 »
  • Annual hurricane season forecast issued

    April 10, 2014 12:41 PM

    According to Dr. Phillip J. Klotzbach and Dr. William Gray of Colorado State University, the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season is forecast to present below average tropical activity. Their outlook calls for 9 named storms and 3 hurricanes with one being considered major (category 3 strength or higher). These numbers... more »
  • Exhilarated, Louisiana awaits annual hurricane prediction

    April 3, 2014 12:30 PM

    As we turn the calendar to April and enjoy warmer spring temperatures, weather enthusiasts and forecasters know that the Atlantic Tropical Cyclone season is just 60 days away. However, for those not fully engrossed in watching the tropics, you may wonder where they've been. Though the number of named... 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 »
  • Tropical Storm Barry makes landfall in Mexico

    June 20, 2013 10:11 AM

    MIAMI - Tropical Storm Barry has made landfall in Mexico, threatening deadly flash floods and mudslides as it moves inland. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says Barry made landfall Thursday morning. It was forecast to continue moving west over land for the next day or so before weakening... more »
  • Tropical depression forms off the coast of Belize

    June 17, 2013 11:05 AM

    MIAMI - A tropical depression has formed off the coast of Belize and forecasters say it is expected to bring as much as five inches of rain to parts of Belize, Guatemala and northern Honduras. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said the Atlantic season's second tropical depression formed Monday.... 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 »
  • Senate Dems offer Sandy disaster aid package

    December 12, 2012 3:56 PM

    WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats have quickly cobbled together a $60.4 billion disaster aid package for New York, New Jersey and other states hit by Superstorm Sandy in late October. Working from the emergency spending request President Barack Obama made five days ago, the Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday released draft... more »
  • Weather Service looks at hurricane warnings

    December 5, 2012 9:57 PM

    MIAMI - The National Weather Service is considering changing how it issues hurricane watches and warnings. Spokesman Chris Vaccaro said in an email Wednesday the weather service is considering a proposal to issue watches and warnings for storms that threaten life and property even if they are no longer hurricanes... more »
  • FEMA makes push to connect with storm victims in LA

    November 27, 2012 10:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE- People recovering from Hurricane Isaac can try to get more help from FEMA. The agency said Tuesday it has more assistance available. $530,000 has been added to the relief money for thousands of storm victims. FEMA also said it is making follow-up calls and some home visits.... more »
  • NJ storm victims finding lost mementos online

    November 23, 2012 6:47 PM

    NEWARK, N.J. - New Jersey residents devastated by Superstorm Sandy are being reunited with lost photographs and objects through social media. There are at least four Facebook pages targeted to New Jersey residents that help connect them with their possessions. People who find lost mementos can post photos of them... more »
  • What does it take to get people to flee a storm?

    November 14, 2012 2:03 PM

    NEW YORK - In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, emergency officials are taking another look at a problem that has bedeviled them for a long time: how to get people to comply when they are ordered to evacuate their homes. Despite dire forecasts and explicit warnings, hundreds of thousands of... more »
  • La. troopers giving a hand in NJ

    November 5, 2012 10:28 AM

    TRENTON, N.J. - Eight states are lending law enforcement power to New Jersey in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Attorney General Jeff Chiesa swore in more than 200 out-of-state troopers Monday. The troopers, who are on loan from as far away as Mississippi, will handle security checkpoints and conduct patrols... more »
  • New estimate for economic damage from storm: $50B

    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 »
  • Obama, Christie view damage from Sandy

    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 »
  • Sandy's death toll climbs

    October 30, 2012 12:29 PM

    NEW YORK - The number of dead from the superstorm that struck the Northeast has climbed to 34 -- with many of the victims killed by falling trees. At least 7.4 million people are without power. Lower Manhattan was among the hardest-hit areas after the storm sent a nearly 14-foot... more »
  • Tropical Storm Sandy forms south of Jamaica

    October 22, 2012 5:19 PM

    MIAMI - Tropical Storm Sandy has formed south of Jamaica and forecasters say the storm is expected to strengthen. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Sandy was about 395 miles (636 kilometers) south of Kingston, Jamaica, and had winds of 40 mph (64 kph). It is expected to head... more »
  • Tropical depression forms south of Jamaica

    October 22, 2012 10:32 AM

    MIAMI - A tropical depression has formed south of Jamaica and forecasters say it will likely strengthen into a named storm. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Monday the depression was about 320 miles (515 kilometers) south of Kingston, Jamaica, and had winds of 30 mph (48 kph). It... more »
  • LDWF approves shorter deer season due to Isaac

    October 8, 2012 10:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State wildlife officials approved cutting hunting seasons in parts of Louisiana short because of Hurricane Isaac's effects on the deer population. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said flooding in Lake Maurepas Basin caused some adult deer to die, but wiped out an estimated 90... more »
  • Fewer than 10,000 without power

    September 6, 2012 3:53 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Entergy Corp. says fewer than 10,000 people in Louisiana still had power outages as of Thursday afternoon. Entergy customers made up more than 700,000 of the more than 900,000 who lost power after Isaac hit the state last week. The corporation said Thursday on its website that... more »
  • Debris pickup to start Monday in Ascension Parish

    September 5, 2012 4:21 PM

    GONZALES - Ascension Parish leaders announced storm debris pickup after Hurricane Isaac would start on Monday. Parish engineers asked that people put out "vegetative debris" in front of their homes for pick up first, and put other debris in a separate pile to be picked up later. Debris piles... more »
  • Ferry service restarts in St. John parish

    September 3, 2012 4:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Ferry operations in St. John the Baptist Parish have resumed. The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development said the Edgard/Reserve ferry reopened Monday across the Mississippi River in the parish that had severe flooding in some areas from Hurricane Isaac. Operating hours are 5 a.m. to 9... more »
  • La. asks for grant to pay unemployed for cleanup

    September 3, 2012 3:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state Workforce Commission asked the U. S. Department of Labor for $3.35 million to pay unemployed people to to do cleanup work from Hurricane Isaac. The National Emergency Grant application would pay for work in 20 parishes, as well as other career counseling and assessment... more »
  • Debris collection begins in East Baton Rouge

    September 3, 2012 10:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Crews began collecting storm debris today from Hurricane Isaac's passage near East Baton Rouge Parish. City-parish workers said collection would start in the 70815 and 70805 ZIP codes today. People should remember to keep woody debris like limbs and branches separate from other storm debris.... more »
  • 3,000 being rescued, evacuated from LaPlace

    August 29, 2012 8:30 PM

    LAPLACE - Emergency resources were moved to St. John the Baptist Parish to rescue 3,000 people trapped there because of flooding in the wake of tropical storm Isaac, which was a hurricane when it passed through. The governor's office said storm surge from Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas caused... more »
  • Curfew going into effect for EBR tonight

    August 29, 2012 4:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - City-parish authorities announced a curfew for East Baton Rouge Parish tonight. EBR Mayor-President Kip Holden said the curfew would last from 6 p.m. tonight to 6 a.m. Thursday. Baton Rouge Police Chief Dewayne White said this curfew was "needed" with the amount of damage that... more »
  • Isaac weakens to tropical storm as it crosses La.

    August 29, 2012 2:13 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Isaac is losing some of its strength and has been downgraded to a tropical storm as it trudges inland over Louisiana. Isaac has top sustained winds of 70 mph, just below the hurricane threshold of 74 mph. The storm is about 50 miles west-southwest of New Orleans,... more »
  • People moving out ahead of Isaac check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 27, 2012 11:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - People living in lower lying areas have already started evacuating out of an abundance of caution. In Livingston Parish, shelters set up on Monday began housing people, And in Tangipahoa Parish a mandatory evacuation for the southern most part of the parish prompted people to move. ... more »
  • BTR: Flights expected to be delayed, canceled

    August 27, 2012 4:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Airport officials in Baton Rouge said travelers should expect several delays and cancellations over the next couple of days due to tropical storm Isaac. Jim Caldwell with Baton Rouge Metro Airport said all flights leaving the city-parish Tuesday would likely procede normally. However, he said flights... more »
  • Obama declares emergency in Louisiana

    August 27, 2012 4:13 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has declared a state of emergency in Louisiana as that state prepares for Tropical Storm Isaac. The White House said Obama informed Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal of the emergency declaration in a phone call Monday. The declaration makes federal funding available for emergency activities related... more »
  • State government offices to close in 22 parishes

    August 27, 2012 3:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State government offices across 22 parishes will shut down Tuesday and Wednesday because of Tropical Storm Isaac, expected to grow into a hurricane. Commissioner of Administration Paul Rainwater on Monday announced the closures, which cover parishes in the tropical storm warning, hurricane watch and hurricane warning areas.... more »
  • Tolls suspended on 2 bridges for Isaac

    August 27, 2012 10:29 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - State transportation officials say toll collection is being suspended on two major bridges in south Louisiana. The suspension affects the Louisiana Highway 1 bridge, an evacuation route for the Grand Isle and Port Fourchon areas along the coast, and the Crescent City Connection, which links the New... more »
  • Isaac stalling elected officials' GOP travel plans

    August 27, 2012 10:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's Republican elected officials are scrapping or delaying Florida travel plans for the GOP's national convention. Some who had arrived in Tampa quickly turned around and headed home to wait for Tropical Storm Isaac. Gov. Bobby Jindal hasn't officially canceled his plans to speak at the convention,... more »
  • Rigs, platforms evacuate Gulf ahead of Isaac

    August 26, 2012 5:10 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The federal government says oil and gas operators are evacuating offshore platforms and rigs that could wind up in Tropical Storm Isaac's path through the Gulf of Mexico. Isaac is expected to become a Category 2 hurricane before making landfall late Tuesday or early Wednesday. The bureau... more »
  • Jindal may skip GOP convention because of Isaac

    August 26, 2012 4:53 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says he's considering skipping his speaking engagement at Republican National Convention because of Tropical Storm Isaac. Jindal said at a news conference Sunday afternoon that he wouldn't leave his state while it's threatened by the storm. Around the time he spoke, a hurricane... more »
  • Tropical Storm Isaac forms; Fla. may be in track

    August 21, 2012 6:01 PM

    MIAMI - Forecasters say Tropical Storm Isaac has formed in the Atlantic with a track that could possibly take it toward Florida where the Republican National Convention will be held next week. Storm warnings have been issued Tuesday across a swath of islands in the Caribbean including Martinique, Guadeloupe and... more »
  • Report shows challenges for Miss. port

    August 7, 2012 10:56 AM

    GULFPORT, Miss. - A report says the Port of Gulfport faces numerous challenges as it tries to capitalize on $570 million in federal money it was given after Hurricane Katrina. A report dated July 30 says the 36-foot channel depth limits the vessels that can use the port. Other challenges... more »
  • Tropical Storm Ernesto forms off Caribbean

    August 2, 2012 3:58 PM

    MIAMI - Forecasters say Tropical Storm Ernesto has formed in the Atlantic and is speeding toward a chain of small, popular vacation islands in the Caribbean Sea. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Thursday afternoon that the storm is headed west at about 22 mph (35 kph) toward the... more »
  • Tropical depression forms in Atlantic

    August 1, 2012 4:55 PM

    MIAM - Forecasters say a tropical depression has formed off the Windward Islands in the Atlantic Ocean and storm watches have been issued for the islands of Barbados, Dominica, Martinique and St. Lucia among other places. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Wednesday afternoon that maximum sustained winds are... more »
  • La. volunteers ready to assist after Debby

    June 25, 2012 2:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A spokesperson for the Red Cross chapter in Baton Rouge said their volunteers are ready to assist Louisiana's neighbors affected by Tropical Storm Debby. Nancy Malone said they met with state and parish officials and others in the Red Cross network to also check Louisiana's preparations... more »
  • "Eyeballing the Eyewall...."

    May 30, 2012 5:58 PM

    In a hurricane, eyewall replacement cycles occur when a second eyewall forms around the original and gradually overtakes it. An eyewall is an organized band of clouds surrounding the center or eye of a hurricane. This is where the most intense winds and rainfall occur and the replacement cycle is... more »
  • Good Bye La Nina

    May 3, 2012 7:26 PM

    Forecasters say the La Nina weather pattern is over and they say that's good news for the drought in the Southern U.S. and hurricanes along the coasts. The two year La Nina period was caused by mild cooling of the central Pacific Ocean and its greatest effects are in winter.... more »
  • Goodbye La Nina: Will drought, hurricanes also go?

    May 3, 2012 12:33 PM

    WASHINGTON - The La Nina weather phenomenon is over. Forecasters say that's good news for the drought in the South and hurricane areas along the coasts. The National Weather Service pronounced the two-year La Nina finished on Thursday. La Nina is the flip side of El Nino and is caused... more »
  • NCAA confirms investigation at Miami

    August 17, 2011 12:39 PM

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The NCAA says it has been investigating the relationship between a convicted Ponzi scheme artist and the University of Miami for five months, saying the allegations - if true - show the need for "serious and fundamental change" in college sports. The investigation is focused... more »
  • State begins first phase of oyster rehab effort

    June 3, 2011 5:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE- State biologists and scientists have deployed more than 100 million oyster larvae and 500,000 oyster spat to help rehabilitate oyster grounds affected by hurricanes in the last six years. The state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said Thursday the larvae and immature oysters were released in the Hackberry... more »
  • Hurricane names Igor, Tomas retired

    March 18, 2011 2:35 PM

    WASHINGTON- Hurricanes Igor and Tomas are no longer a threat. The World Meteorological Organization has retired the two names from those used in 2010 because of the damage they caused. Names are retired from time to time to avoid confusion. There are six lists of hurricane names... more »
  • Housing aid extended for Ike, Gustav victims

    February 19, 2011 9:48 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Federal officials are extending disaster housing aid for victims of hurricane Ike and Gustav by five months. The extension, announced Friday, will help about 1,743 families in Louisiana. The victims have been receiving disaster aid since the hurricanes hit in the fall of 2008. The rental assistance... more »

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