Hurricane Isaac

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After Storm, Empty Red Cross Trucks Drove Around for Show

ProPublica, NPR team up for investigative report

(Newser) - ProPublica and NPR are out with a joint investigative piece about the American Red Cross, and it's not pretty. You won't get very far into it before encountering this nugget regarding relief efforts on the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Isaac in 2012:
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Tests Confirm Isaac Stirred Up Oil From BP Spill

Tar balls have washed onto beaches in Louisiana, elsewhere

(Newser) - It looks like Gulf Coast beaches will be getting periodic reminders of the 2010 BP oil spill for years to come. Tests confirm that tar balls washed ashore in the wake of Hurricane Isaac did indeed come from the infamous Macondo well, reports the AP . Isaac apparently dredged up oil... More »

Isaac Brings Old Oil to La. Beaches

Tar could be leftover from BP oil spill

(Newser) - The latest fallout from Hurricane Isaac: The storm caused old oil to wash up on beaches in Louisiana, and it may be from the Deepwater Horizon spill. Officials restricted fishing and are testing the tar to determine if it's from the 2010 BP spill, the AP reports. Wildlife management... More »

Thanks, Isaac: Mississippi Gets 16K Dead 'Swamp Rats'

Storm leaves behind dead nutria on the beaches

(Newser) - Isaac may not have been the storm of the century, but beach cleanup workers in Mississippi have a nasty task all the same: About 16,000 dead and bloated nutria—a rat-like rodent with the nickname "swamp rat"—have washed up in the aftermath, reports the local Sun ... More »

Power Still Out for 57K in Louisiana

One reported dead of heat stroke

(Newser) - Hurricane Isaac was no Katrina, but it has left its mark on Louisiana all the same. It's been almost a week since the storm hit, and in that time utility companies have restored power to 92% of homes, according to Entergy —meaning nearly 57,000 homes are still... More »

Obama Tours Louisiana

He hails spirit of people in Isaac's wake

(Newser) - Just a day before the start of the Democratic National Convention, President Obama toured a storm-ravaged Louisiana neighborhood, promising federal aid and hailing rescuers. He drove to St. John the Baptist Parish 30 miles west of New Orleans, and went house to house in one neighborhood, reports ABC News . “... More »

For Some in Plaquemines, No Power in Sight

Hurricane Isaac hardly the first disaster to strike Plaquemines Parish

(Newser) - Sad sights litter the road as people return by boat to southern Louisiana: scattered steel drums, warped telephone poles, stranded cattle, a shrimp boat on its side. But residents devoted to the country life and independent spirit of Plaquemines Parish—a stretch of marshy land at the state's southeastern... More »

Mississippi Dam About to Fail

Residents near Tangipahoa River given 90 minutes to evacuate

(Newser) - Isaac has not yet dealt his final blow: The Times-Picayune reports that Mississippi's Percy Quin Dam is about to fail as a result of flooding from the hurricane. A mandatory evacuation order was issued for communities along the Tangipahoa River; WWLTV reports that as many as 60,000 will... More »

New Orleans Largely Spared Isaac's Wrath

But other parts of the Gulf Coast severely hit; 1M without power

(Newser) - Tropical Storm Isaac continues to weaken, and should be a tropical depression by tonight, the Times-Picayune reports. But the trouble isn't over for Gulf Coast residents, with flooding still occurring and tornadoes possible. In the particularly hard-hit Plaquemines Parish near New Orleans, some residents are still stranded and rescue... More »

Isaac Back to Tropical Storm, Still Hammering New Orleans

Wind is down slightly, but heavy rains will last a while

(Newser) - Isaac's winds have dropped just barely under the 74mph hurricane threshold, so it's back to tropical storm status, reports CNN . But that won't mean much to residents of New Orleans and elsewhere still getting lashed by winds and drenched by rain on the seven-year anniversary of Katrina.... More »

Yahoo Fires Reporter for Romney Slam

Said Romneys 'happy to party with black people drowning'

(Newser) - Remember when Hurricane Katrina spurred Kanye West to say that George W. Bush didn't care about black people ? Well, this is kinda like that—except it involves a reporter, not a celebrity. Seems a hot mic caught Yahoo News Washington bureau chief David Chalian saying today, during a... More »

In One Louisiana Parish, Isaac as Brutal as Katrina

Plaquemines Parish's levees overrun

(Newser) - Today is the 7th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, and for residents of Plaquemines Parish, it's deja vu all over again, according to the parish president. Billy Nungesser tells NPR that the parish, located some 95 miles from New Orleans, has already seen damage that rivals, and could even surpass,... More »

Isaac Overruns 18 Miles of Levees in Louisiana

Slow-moving storm drenching Gulf Coast

(Newser) - Some 18 miles of levees have been overrun as a slow-moving Hurricane Isaac made landfall a second time in Louisiana, sending up to 12 feet of water through homes in Plaquemines Parish, which is located about 95 miles from New Orleans, reports NBC . Local officials are working to rescue people... More »

Jindal Already Slamming Obama Storm Aid

He demands 'full fed assistance' in letter

(Newser) - Even before Hurricane Isaac made landfall in Louisiana yesterday, GOP Gov. Bobby Jindal was slamming President Obama over storm aid. Amounts to be provided are inadequate to cover expected damage, complained Jindal, who has attacked the president in the past for excessive federal spending, reports Bloomberg . Jindal has already sent... More »

Isaac Makes Landfall in Louisiana

Hurricane brings winds of 80mph

(Newser) - Hurricane Isaac has made landfall in southeast Louisiana with winds near 80mph. The National Hurricane Center says the storm's center reached land in Plaquemines Parish, about 90 miles southeast of New Orleans. The storm's arrival comes on the eve of the seven-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated... More »

Isaac Now Officially a Hurricane

Winds are hitting 75mph

(Newser) - It's Tropical Storm Isaac no more. Forecasters say Isaac has strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane with 75mph winds as it makes its way toward Louisiana. The US National Hurricane Center reports that Isaac gained strength as it moved over the warm, open waters of the Gulf of Mexico.... More »

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