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New Orleans area braces for first hurricane of the season

Thousands of Louisianans broke out sandbags or fled to higher ground Thursday as Tropical Storm Barry threatened to turn into the first hurricane of the season and blow ashore with torrential rains that could pose a severe test of New Orleans’ improved post-Katrina flood defenses. National Guard troops and rescue crews in high-water vehicles took up positions around the state ...

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Tropical Storm Barry forms in Gulf, could become hurricane

Tropical Storm Barry formed off the coast of Louisiana on Thursday and threatened to blow ashore as a hurricane with drenching rains that could test the flood-control improvements made in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina 14 years ago. Forecasters said the first hurricane of the Atlantic season could hit the state’s swampy southern tip on Friday, with the biggest danger ...

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The Latest: Conditions are favorable for Gulf hurricane soon

The Latest on a tropical weather system in the Gulf of Mexico (all times local): 11:35 a.m. The National Hurricane Center says conditions appear favorable for a weather system in the Gulf of Mexico to strengthen into a hurricane as it approaches the United States coastline by this weekend. Forecasters said the weather disturbance is expected to become a tropical ...

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Nate expected to hammer Mississippi Sunday morning

Tropical Storm Nate roared toward Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula Friday after drenching Central America in rain that was blamed for at least 22 deaths, and forecasters said it could reach the U.S. Gulf Coast as a hurricane over the weekend. Louisiana officials declared a state of emergency and ordered some people to evacuate coastal areas and barrier islands ahead of its ...

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Hurricane season expected to average

The 2016 Atlantic hurricane season forecast released Thursday from Colorado State University calls for the number of named storms and hurricanes to be near historical averages. A total of 12 named storms, five hurricanes and two major hurricane are expected this season, according to the forecast prepared by CSU, which is headed by Dr. Phil Klotzbach in consultation with long-time ...

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County to ask if it can use unspent hurricane recovery money

BAY ST. LOUIS — Hancock County officials will ask the state for permission to move $1.6 million in unused hurricane recovery funds to help support other projects. The largest amount of unused cash is in the government annex facility fund. Other projects which had additional cash include the Lakeshore Community Center, the Stennis Airport Hangar project, and the Mississippi Highway ...

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Researchers fly drone into hurricane for the first time

MIAMI — U.S. government scientists are launching winged drones into Hurricane Edouard, hoping to collect data that could help forecasters understand what makes some storms strengthen into monsters while others fade away. This week’s launches mark the first time that unmanned aircraft have been dispatched from “hurricane hunter” planes flying through Atlantic tropical storms. Scientists with the National Oceanic and ...

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