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  • 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 »
  • 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 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 »

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