Hurricane Isaac was downgraded Wednesday afternoon to a tropical storm but continued to hover over Louisiana with heavy rains and damaging winds. The storm, which was a Category 1 hurricane for 24 hours, has since sustained weakened winds of 75 mph, the National Hurricane Center reported. The storm’s latest recorded location was about 50 miles west-southwest of New Orleans, moving to the northwest at 6 mph.
Isaac has knocked out power to more than 725,000 customers in five states as of Wednesday afternoon, the affected utilities reported. WWLTV in New Orleans reports that the CEO of Entergy Louisiana said power could be out for nearly half of the region’s customers for at least a week after the wind and rain plowed through the company’s energy grid.
While the situation on the ground is still far from ideal, it’s good to know that the billions spent on new levees in New Orleans actually yielded results. Unfortunately, $1.5 billion in insured damages are expected to be claimed, and flooding remains an issue in many parts of southern Louisiana as well.
19:10 // 1 year ago
I take a lot of pride in my work, even after I’ve been fired and told my experience, skills, and talents are of no use after Sept. 30. I know that I am good at what I do.
But compared to other news outlets, our website is a joke. We break news — but no one would know because of the worst news website known to man and the priority setting — whoever is doing it, is totally @(&%!*. Embarrassing, compared to TV. And yet we are focused on digital now? Enhanced? Who is buying this crap?
The paper is cutting back on its issue count and will downsize as a result. The reporter, Kari Dequine Harden, may have endangered her severance by sending the letter and leaking it to media blogger Jim Romenesko.
16:47 // 1 year ago