Hurricane Isaac

3:53am

Tue August 28, 2012
Business

Business News

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 7:32 am

Transcript

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Isaac is not expected to grow beyond a Category 1 hurricane and that is easing some concerns it could damage oil and gas refineries along the Gulf Coast. Still, several have shut down operations and will probably be offline for a couple days. Depending on Isaac's severity, analysts say gas prices could go up by about 10 cents or so in the coming weeks. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.

3:54pm

Mon August 27, 2012
The Two-Way

As Isaac Strengthens, Louisiana's Levees, Flood Gates Gird For Post-Katrina Test

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 4:02 pm

A satellite view of Isaac churning in the Gulf of Mexico.
National Hurricane Center

The National Hurricane Center says that it expects Tropical Storm Isaac to continue strengthening up until it makes landfall.

In the 5 p.m. ET advisory, the Hurricane Center said Isaac remains a tropical storm with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph. Dry air, the center explains, keeps feeding into the storm keeping it from intensifying. The storm is predicted to make landfall near New Orleans as a category 2 hurricane with 100 mph winds.

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11:41am

Mon August 27, 2012
It's All Politics

The Importance Of Not Fiddling While Rome Burns (Or Floods)

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 2:01 pm

A sign was displayed on a highway near New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Nam Y. Huh AP

It's not unusual for politicians and show business producers to put off planned events in the face of tragedy or national disaster.

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9:34am

Mon August 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Officials Say New Orleans Better Prepared For Hurricane, But Residents Still Nervous

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 12:46 pm

While soon-to-be Hurricane Isaac isn't looking like another Katrina, the storm is expected to pick up steam as it heads toward a landfall, conjuring up powerful memories of the disaster seven years ago.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu declared a state of emergency for New Orleans on Sunday, warning residents to "think about how you will spend time without power or water."

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6:15am

Mon August 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Tropical Storm Isaac Strengthens As It Heads Toward Louisiana

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 1:04 pm

The National Hurricane Center's track forecast for Isaac.
NOAA NOAA

UPDATE at 2:40 ET:


Here's the National Hurricane Center's update at 1:00 CDT on Monday:

...HEAVY RAINS AND FLOODING AFFECTING THE FLORIDA EAST COAST... SIGNIFICANT STORM SURGE THREAT EXPECTED FOR THE NORTHERN GULF COAST...

The storm surge for south-central Louisiana was expected to be 3 to 6 feet, the NHC said.

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