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New Orleans Fears Triple Threat Of Storm Surge, River, Rain

Jul 12, 2019
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When it comes to water, New Orleans faces three threats: the sea, the sky and the river.

Tropical storms and hurricanes send storm surges pushing up against the city's outer defenses. That's what happened in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina's surge caused widespread levee failures and left 80% of the city under water.

Tropical Storm Barry Threatens A Long, Slow Drenching

Jul 12, 2019
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Building toward hurricane strength, Tropical Storm Barry began hitting Louisiana with wind and rain Friday as it closed in for what forecasters said will be a long, slow — and epic — drenching that could trigger flooding in and around New Orleans.

With the storm expected to blow ashore by early Saturday, National Guard troops and rescue crews were stationed around the state with boats and high-water vehicles, helicopters were on standby, drinking water and blankets were made ready for distribution, and utility crews with bucket trucks moved into the region.

Tropical Storm Barry Forms In Gulf, Could Become Hurricane

Jul 11, 2019
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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 posed not by the wind but by downpours that could go on for hours.

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Carnival Cruise Line says it rerouted a cruise ship headed to New Orleans because of the potential tropical storm brewing in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Miami-based company says the more than 3,700-passenger Carnival Valor was sent to Mobile, Alabama, in the interest of safety. A company statement notes that coastal Louisiana is under a hurricane watch and water levels are high on the Mississippi River.

Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson tweeted a welcome to Valor passengers and a photo of the ship docked in Mobile on Thursday.

Louisiana Braces For Slow-moving Possible Weekend Hurricane

Jul 11, 2019
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 A potential tropical storm brewing in the Gulf of Mexico presents twin troubles for coastal Louisiana and Mississippi — the possibility that the flooded Mississippi River will be lapping at the tops of levees this weekend, and a danger of flash floods like the one that unexpectedly walloped New Orleans on Wednesday.

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Forecasters expect a tropical weather system to develop into a storm that could push the already swollen Mississippi River precariously close to the tops of levees that protect New Orleans.

The low pressure area was over water, south of the Florida Panhandle early Wednesday and was expected to strengthen into a storm as it moved west through the Gulf's warm waters.

Forecasters say parts of Louisiana could see up to 12 inches (30 centimeters) of rain by Monday, with heavier amounts possible in some spots.

Mississippi and Texas were also at risk of torrential rains.

Amusement Park Reminder Of Hurricane May Soon Come Down

Jul 9, 2019
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The Zydeco Scream roller coaster stands motionless, and so does the Big Easy Ferris Wheel. Scampering rabbits, slithering snakes and lurking alligators are the only visitors to the abandoned Six Flags amusement park in New Orleans. Once it resounded with children's laughter and the shrieks of passengers on the thrill rides.

Now the only sound is the drone of the cicadas.

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Family and friends of a man who was fatally shot at a New Orleans skate park have honored him by rolling his casket up a stunt ramp at that same park before laying him to rest.

WWL-TV reports David Magee's casket was rolled onto a ramp Saturday at Parisite Skatepark. A video of the tribute was posted by the Humidity Nola account on Instagram.

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 Four people, including a 16-year-old, have been indicted on charges arising from the killing of a New Orleans teenage girl and the wounding of four others in March.

District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro's office announced the charges Thursday.

Seventeen-year-old Tyneisha Muse was fatally shot in New Orleans' St. Claude neighborhood March 29. Charged with conspiracy to commit second-degree murder in her death are 20-year-old Joshua Augillard, 18-year-old Reginald Blanton and 19-year-old Corey Harris.

Death Penalty Sought In Hammer Attack That Killed Four

Jun 21, 2019
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A Louisiana prosecutor said Thursday that he will seek the death penalty against a man accused of using a hammer to bludgeon to death a woman and three children in a New Orleans suburb.

A grand jury has indicted Terrance Leonard on four counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted first-degree murder, Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul Connick Jr. said in a news release.

"After consulting with my staff and receiving input from the victims' families, I have decided that my office will seek the death penalty," Connick said.

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