January 10, 2013 7:39 PM
A January storm for the record books as around-the-clock rain leaves much of Acadiana under water. This is the worst winter flooding in Acadiana in 20 years.
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January 10, 2013 7:34 PM
Dozens of residents in Loreauville are cleaning up tonight after tornadic weather swept through the area. Cleco crews worked for several hours to restore power. Many residents are counting their blessings.
Under an ominous sky, dozens of residents on Cajun Drive in Loreauville are boarding up and trying to... more »
October 29, 2012 11:28 PM
Crews from across the country are on their way to the northeast to help restore power outages caused by now Tropical Storm Sandy. They're even getting a little bit of help from Acadiana. At least two local companies sent crews to help areas hit by Sandy, CLECO and Entergy.
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August 26, 2012 7:39 PM
As fast as you can move a generator, they've been flying off shelves and floors of hardware stores across Acadiana.
"More supplies will be on the way so right now we're selling down pretty quickly," said Lowes Assistant Store Manager Seth Veron.
Veron said when it comes to... more »
July 6, 2012 7:06 AM
COVINGTON, La. (AP) - An employee at a Covington-area assisted living facility is being credited with preventing a major fire after lightning struck the building. A news release from fire officials in St. Tammany Parish says that Kory Buras, an employee of Village in the Oaks retirement community and assisted... more »
March 15, 2012 10:28 AM
MONROE, La. (AP) - The city of Monroe is pursuing about $9 million in upgrades to its 18 storm water pump stations, with major improvements to be completed at eight of them. Charles Westrom, the city's sewer manager, tells The News-Star specific projects are planned for those eight pump stations,... more »
March 9, 2012 8:49 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) - Our high-tech world seems to have easily weathered a solar storm that didn't quite live up to its advance billing. While some experts think the threat from the solar storm passed by Thursday afternoon, space weather forecasters said it's still too early to relax. That's because there's... more »
March 4, 2012 3:21 PM
The Louisiana Supreme Court has rejected an attempt by two news organizations to examine the files of a state investigation into allegations that doctors at a New Orleans hospital euthanized patients in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In a 4-3 decision issued Friday, the high court said the files concerning... more »
December 22, 2011 6:49 PM
On Thursday, several businesses owners were left with a huge mess to clean after strong winds ripped through Acadiana Weather experts say early morning thunderstorms produced strong winds that ranged from 40 to 60 miles per hour. In Port Barre, power was knocked out. Police spent the morning directing traffic.... more »
October 16, 2011 12:02 PM
PORT ALLEN, La. (AP) - West Baton Rouge Parish has joined 12 other parishes in achieving National Weather Service StormReady program certification. The Advocate reported (http://bit.ly/opVlhA ) Ken Graham, meteorologist-in-charge of the weather service office in Slidell, presented parish officials with a recognition letter and special StormReady signs during the... more »
September 9, 2011 9:29 AM
MIAMI (AP) - Tropical Storm Maria is heading toward the Lesser Antilles in the Atlantic while Tropical Storm Nate is moving little in the Bay of Campeche off Mexico's coast. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Maria's maximum sustained winds early Friday are near 40 mph (65 kph). A tropical... more »
September 5, 2011 6:57 PM
Tropical Storm Lee impacted Louisiana's coast with plenty of rain and wind. While most of Acadiana did not see the full potential of the storm, some communities found themselves underwater. In Delcambre, several streets closed off due a foot or more of flooding. But on Monday, conditions were all dried... more »
September 4, 2011 11:51 PM
As expected, coastal areas of Acadiana dealt with floods Sunday, and one area also hard hit was Cypremort Point.
Just after one am in Cypremort Point, the wind started whipping harder and the water started rising.
"We had some pretty serious squalls that came through like feeder band... more »
September 2, 2011 11:12 PM
People down in Cypremort Point are already taking precautions as Tropical Storm Lee inches toward the bay. During the day Friday, Lee didn't seem too threatening in Cypremort Point, but people there aren't taking any chances.
"There had to be over a 100 boats left today, there was some... more »
September 1, 2011 11:46 PM
While the winds have picked up and some limited rain has started to fall, it's still unclear what kind of weather event Tropical Depression 13 is going to be. And that has some people looking to the past.
When Tropical Storm Allison first popped up on the radar, many... more »
August 28, 2011 11:59 AM
KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. (AP) - From North Carolina to Pennsylvania, Hurricane Irene appeared to have fallen short of the doomsday predictions. But with rivers still rising, and roads impassable because of high water and fallen trees, it could be days before the full extent of the damage is known.... more »
August 28, 2011 11:55 AM
NEW YORK (AP) - Rainfall overflowed sewers and seawater lapped at sidewalks at the edges of New York City from densely populated lower Manhattan to the far reaches of Queens as a weakening Irene made landfall over Coney Island early Sunday. Sections of the thoroughfares on the east and west... more »
August 28, 2011 11:49 AM
MIAMI (AP) - Forecasters say Irene has weakened slightly over New York state. The National Hurricane Center said late Sunday morning that the tropical storm's maximum sustained winds had decreased to about 60 mph. Irene was to continue weakening as it passes over New England, and it's expected to move... more »
August 25, 2011 10:10 AM
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - A thunderstorm brought much-needed rain to northwestern Louisiana but also knocked out power to thousands of home and businesses. The SWEPCO power company reported more than 64,000 outages in Louisiana and Texas at one point Wednesday evening. That was down to 18,000 late Wednesday. SWEPCO said... more »
July 27, 2011 10:48 PM
With Tropical Storm Don approaching, Shell said it's evacuating about 70 non-essential personnel from rigs in the southwest Gulf of Mexico. And that means helicopter companies in Lafayette are firing up their engines for the first round evacuations.
"These are very costly decisions that are being made, but over... more »
July 3, 2011 11:16 PM
A fireworks stand was blown apart Saturday along Highway 90 in Iberia Parish.
It was a big hit for a business typically booming this time of year.
"The rain was coming down so hard that it was just a complete white out as far as the rain, and... more »
June 5, 2011 11:51 AM
Power is fully restored to all Slemco customers.
Saturday evening, strong thunderstorms knocked out power to 4500 customers in the Eunice and Washington area. Around 10 Saturday evening, power was restored to half of their customers.
Witnesses tell Slemco that a possible tornado hit one of their utility... more »
May 14, 2011 11:31 PM
PHIL CAMPBELL, Ala. (AP) - The first families began moving Saturday into new white FEMA trailers set up for tornado victims on U.S. 43 in Franklin County, near the storm-ravaged towns of Phil Campbell and Hackleburg. Democratic state Rep. Johnny Mack Morrow of Red Bay said five families were moving... more »
May 8, 2011 11:41 PM
MEMPHIS, Tennessee (AP) - The swollen Mississippi River has swamped houses in Memphis and threatens to consume many more, but its rise has been slow enough that some people were clinging to their normal lives just a bit longer. That much was clear Sunday from an unexpected smell - barbecue... more »
May 1, 2011 2:02 PM
As storms travelled through Alabama last week, also travelling in the state a group of middle school students from Lafayette.
It was a field trip these student won't soon forget and a KATC exclusive as parents and students spoke only with us when they returned home.
"It was... more »
April 24, 2011 2:21 PM
BRIDGETON, Mo. (AP) - Many of the people gathered for Easter services in the area around St. Louis' Lambert Airport are thanking God for sparing them from what could have been a killer tornado that struck two days earlier.
Early warnings and common sense also helped account for the... more »
April 4, 2011 11:43 PM
Reports of a possible tornado and storm damage in Port Barre on Monday at King's Truck Stop on Highway 190. Employees at the truck stop said a gazebo that had been there for five years and made it through two hurricanes was completely destroyed by Monday's storm.
A fence... more »
February 1, 2011 8:53 AM
DALLAS (AP) - Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport has closed due to an ice storm that has shut schools, snarled ground traffic and left much of North Texas in a winter freeze. DFW Airport spokesman David Magana says the runways are glazed with ice but that crews are working to clear... more »
December 27, 2010 11:16 AM
A major winter storm that has shut down airports in New York and New England could leave passengers stranded for days. Hundreds of people were stuck Monday morning at New York City-area airports. Port Authority spokeswoman Sara Beth Joren says they expect to reopen the runways in the afternoon. Delta... more »
October 22, 2010 11:07 AM
MIAMI (AP) - A tropical storm warning and hurricane watch have been issued for the coast of Honduras as Tropical Storm Richard approaches in the Caribbean. The watch and warning issued Friday cover the area from the border with Nicaragua west to Limon. Richard's maximum sustained winds are near 40... more »
September 28, 2010 11:46 AM
MIAMI (AP) - Tropical storm warnings have been issued for the Cayman Islands and parts of Cuba, the Bahamas and the southern Florida coast as a new tropical depression approaches. The National Hurricane Center in Miami says the depression has maximum sustained winds Tuesday near 35 mph (55 kph). The... more »
September 16, 2010 11:00 AM
CANCUN, Mexico (AP) - Tropical Storm Karl re-entered the Gulf of Mexico and strengthened again Thursday after dumping heavy rains on the Yucatan Peninsula, threatening to build into a Category 2 hurricane and hit near a port and an oil hub on the Mexican Gulf coast. Karl could make landfall... more »
September 10, 2010 11:12 AM
Igor has regained tropical storm strength as it moves across the open Atlantic Ocean. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says the storm could become a hurricane by Sunday. Igor remains far from land and was
about 465 miles west of the Cape Verde Islands.The storm's maximum sustained... more »
September 8, 2010 11:19 AM
MIAMI (AP) - Tropical Storm Igor has formed in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa near the Cape Verde Islands and has top sustained winds of near 40 mph (65 kph). Forecasters at the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Wednesday that Igor was moving toward the... more »
September 6, 2010 4:02 PM
NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico (AP) - A tropical storm churning in the Gulf of Mexico could approach hurricane force before it makes landfall early tomorrow just south of the U.S. border with Mexico. Tropical Storm Hermine (hur-MEEN') has prompted Mexican authorities to open shelters and warn people near the northeastern border... more »
September 1, 2010 5:11 PM
Forecasters say the seventh tropical storm of the season has formed far out in the Atlantic on the heels of Hurricane Earl that's steaming toward the Eastern Seaboard. Gaston is the fourth tropical storm to form in the last 11 days for a season that has suddenly become busy. So... more »
August 30, 2010 5:07 PM
MIAMI (AP) - The National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Fiona has formed in the Atlantic Ocean behind Hurricane Earl, which is battering the northeastern Caribbean. Fiona formed east of the Leeward Islands on Monday afternoon and forecasters say a tropical storm wate tmay be required later in the day.... more »
August 26, 2010 5:33 PM
MIAMI (AP) - Forecasters say Hurricane Danielle is expected to become a major hurricane as it churns across the open Atlantic, headed for Bermuda. Danielle has developed a well-defined eye and had maximum sustained winds Thursday near 110 mph (175 kph). Danielle is several hundred miles away from Bermuda, but... more »
August 18, 2010 11:34 PM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Renovation work has begun on the Hyatt Regency New Orleans - the hotel that became a familiar symbol of Hurricane Katrina's destruction when shattered glass poured onto streets and furniture was sucked out of broken windows. The $275 million project is aimed at a fall 2011... more »
August 10, 2010 12:09 PM
The government's point man for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico says crews drilling a relief well to permanently stop the oil will suspend their work until storms pass. Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen says the suspension could delay completion of the relief well by two or... more »
August 3, 2010 11:39 AM
MIAMI (AP) - Tropical Storm Colin is moving rapidly across the Atlantic but early forecasts put it on a track off the U.S. Atlantic seaboard rather than into the Gulf of Mexico, where BP is working to finally plug its blown-out oil well. The National Hurricane Center in Miami says... more »
July 23, 2010 7:05 AM
NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) - Tropical Storm Bonnie steamed through the central Bahamas and was approaching the Florida Keys on Friday along a course that is expected to cross over the site of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Rain and lightning raked the low-lying Turks and Caicos Islands and the... more »
July 23, 2010 6:56 AM
ON THE GULF OF MEXICO (AP) - Work to permanently choke off the oil well that had been spewing into the Gulf of Mexico was at a standstill Friday after ships around the site were ordered to evacuate ahead of the approaching Tropical Storm Bonnie. There had been worries that... more »
July 22, 2010 4:46 PM
The Unified Area Command center is tracking tropical weather near the Bahamas very closely and is constantly engaged in discussions with the National Hurricane Center, NOAA and FEMA to ensure the safety of more than 40,000 people currently assisting in the oil spill response and recovery efforts. To prepare for... more »
July 22, 2010 7:15 AM
ON THE GULF OF MEXICO (AP) - Crew members aboard dozens of ships in the Gulf of Mexico prepared Thursday to evacuate as a tropical rainstorm brewing in the Caribbean brought the deep-sea effort to plug BP's ruptured oil well to a near standstill. Though the rough weather was hundreds... more »
July 21, 2010 5:03 PM
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Boat captains say BP is telling them to clear out of the Gulf of Mexico as a tropical storm system threatens the area. Tom Ard, the president of the Orange Beach Fishing Association, says captains who showed up at docks to skim for oil Wednesday were... more »
July 19, 2010 7:04 AM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - In the blink of an eye, the economic focus in Louisiana has shifted from recession recovery to avoiding actual and potential job losses piling up at a staggering rate. And there's very little that the state can do: The tally is due to the Obama administration... more »
June 28, 2010 8:01 PM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Tropical Storm Alex steamed across the Gulf of Mexico on Monday on a path that could keep it away from BP's busted well but could still stir up heavy winds, rain and choppy seas that drive the oil deeper inland and bring much of the cleanup... more »
June 27, 2010 6:54 PM
BELIZE CITY (AP) - Tropical Storm Alex moved into the Gulf of Mexico Sunday after weakening to a depression as it swirled across Belize and Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, dumping rains that left at least four people dead across the region. Alex is expected to regain strength in the coming days... more »
June 17, 2010 1:54 PM
MIAMI (AP) - A slow-moving tropical storm named Blas has formed off Mexico's southwestern coast. The National Hurricane Center in Miami says the storm formed out of a tropical depression Thursday in the Pacific about 265 miles (425 kilometers) south-southwest of Manzanillo. It was moving northeast around 2 mph (4... more »
May 27, 2010 12:59 PM
Hurricane season starts Tuesday-- and law enforcement and parish leaders are getting ready.
They want everyone to get a game plan now.
Acadiana's leaders in emergency preparedness finalized plans this week at meetings such as Thursday's summit in St. Martinville.
They say pre-planning is especially important in... more »
May 26, 2010 6:38 PM
There has been storm damage reports at Westlake High School near Lake Charles after storms came through the area on Wednesday afternoon.
Westlake Police confirm that there was damage to the roof of the school. The press box at the stadium was completely destroyed.
No injuries reported and... more »
March 25, 2010 2:19 PM
A strong line of storms tore through parts of Jeff Davis, St. Landry and Acadia Parishes early Thursday morning, leaving a trail of damage.
Several Iota families had a startling wake up call early.
"I told the wife and the baby, y'all get on the floor, it's coming,"... more »
February 18, 2010 7:27 AM
ABBEVILLE, La. (AP) - The Vermilion Parish Police Jury has voted to block an attempt by Juror Mark Poche to delay a special March election that calls for a 5.7 mill tax for coastal storm protection. Potential revenue from the tax, if passed, is expected to be used as leverage... more »
February 18, 2010 6:55 AM
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December 24, 2009 12:24 PM
November 17, 2009 8:54 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Thousands of Louisiana residents are eligible for grants to pay for storm shutters and other hurricane protection improvements to their homes. This week, the state is mailing out applications to more than 100,000 victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita for storm mitigation grants of up... more »
November 11, 2009 3:57 PM
Tropical Storm Ida Activity Statistics Update - November 11, 2009: Minerals Management Service monitors activities through its Continuity of Operations Plan
NEW ORLEANS - Offshore oil and gas operators in the Gulf of Mexico are reboarding platforms and rigs and restoring production following Tropical Storm Ida. The Minerals Management... more »
November 10, 2009 2:29 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Offshore oil and gas operators in the Gulf of Mexico are reboarding platforms and rigs and restoring production following Tropical Storm Ida. The Minerals Management Service's Continuity of Operations Plan team is monitoring the operators' activities. This team will be activated until operations return to normal.
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November 9, 2009 5:03 PM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Tropical Storm Ida is prompting some flight cancellations at Louisiana's largest commercial airport.
An American Airlines spokeswoman says the carrier and regional American Eagle have cancelled late Monday flights from Dallas, Miami, Chicago and St. Louis into Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport due to... more »
November 9, 2009 3:19 PM
Tropical Storm Ida Activity Statistics Update - November 9, 2009: Minerals Management Service monitors activities through its Continuity of Operations Plan
NEW ORLEANS - Offshore oil and gas operators in the Gulf of Mexico are evacuating platforms and rigs in the path of Tropical Storm Ida. The Minerals Management... more »
November 9, 2009 2:58 PM
BATON ROUGE, La.-- Governor Bobby Jindal's state of emergency declaration during Tropical storm Ida also puts into effect Louisiana's price gouging law. Some residents in the southern most parts of the state may have to evacuate as the storm approaches. As residents heed the warnings to fill up their cars... more »
November 9, 2009 2:48 PM
BATON ROUGE - Today, Governor Bobby Jindal held a press conference, following a meeting of the State's Unified Command Group, which assembled to prepare state response efforts for the threat of Tropical Storm Ida.
Governor Jindal said, "We saw this storm move up to hurricane status over the weekend... more »
October 22, 2009 7:30 PM
Residents in the town of Elton are cleaning up after what some say was a tornado ripped through town. "What we had was a tornado touchdown with significant high winds," said Elton Fire Chief John Richer. Hardest hit was a six block area just north of Main Street, where 10... more »
October 22, 2009 1:48 PM
JENNINGS, La. (AP) - A tornado wreaked havoc in the southwest Louisiana town of Jennings, uprooting trees, blowing down power lines and overturning at least one tractor-trailer traveling on Interstate 10. The National Weather Service in Lake Charles says the twister touched down about 1 p.m. Thursday and crossed the... more »
October 15, 2009 7:37 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama, who accused former President George W. Bush of leading a government "that sits on its hands while a major American city drowns," is hearing directly from New Orleans residents who have struggled to rebuild their city since the 2005 hurricane season. Obama arrives in... more »