Gulf coast states are preparing to be hit by Tropical Storm Isaac after the U.S. National Hurricane Center issued hurricane warnings for an area stretching from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle on Sunday.
Isaac is expected to hit somewhere between southeastern Louisiana and the Florida Panhandle either late Tuesday or early Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center said. The warnings stretched from east of Morgan City, La. -- which includes the New Orleans area -- to Destin, Fla.
As Isaac passed over the Florida keys, preparations began farther north as forecasters warned that the storm could be a strong Category 2 hurricane by the time it reaches the Gulf Coast..
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency for Louisiana on Sunday afternoon, while New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu took the same action for his city.
"Now is not the time to panic; it's a time to prepare," Landrieu said in a statement.
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Hurricane Ernesto approaching the Yucatan Peninsula.
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Every child learns this sad and basic truth about nature: The snake eats the rabbit.
But in the southernmost part of the Florida Everglades, things have taken a really wild turn.
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MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE: The Florida minimum wage goes up to $7.67 per hour.
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An anonymous man bought $500 in gift cards at a Waycross McDonalds Monday morning and handed them right back to the shift manager asking that they be used for the hungry and homeless, the restaurants owner said.
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Applications will be accepted online-only from 6:30 a.m. on September 28 through 4 p.m. on Friday September 30 or until a total of 6,000 new applications have been received.
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Virginia's largest earthquake in more than a century shook the East Coast on Tuesday and is likely to revive a long-standing debate about the safety of the country's nuclear power plants.
The 5.8 magnitude earthquake caused the shutdown of two nuclear reactors at the North Anna Power Station in Louisa County, Va.
What is the REAL ID Act?
The REAL ID Act is a law passed by Congress in 2005. It makes the States change the way they issue ID cards and driver licenses.
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Consumers will get emergency alerts for hurricanes, tornadoes and other disasters on their cellphones as part of a new alert network to be announced Tuesday by the Federal Communications Commission.
The Personal Localized Alerting Network (PLAN) will allow emergency officials to send geographically targeted text messages to cellphones in areas where danger threatens.
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Residents of Louisiana and Mississippi should be ready for flooding along tributaries, bayous and spillways as the swollen Mississippi River pushes record amounts of water south to the Gulf of Mexico, the states governors said.
(Reuters) - The rising Mississippi river lapped over downtown Memphis streets on Thursday as a massive wall of water threatened to unleash near record flooding all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. story continues..
Water lapped over Riverside Drive and onto Beale Street in Memphis, and threatened some homes on Mud Island, a community of about 5,000 residents with a river theme park.
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More than a thousand students from colleges across Alabama rallied in front of the Alabama Statehouse Thursday seeking additional funding for Alabama colleges and universities.
Several of the students said they also want legislators to do something about rapidly increasing tuition on Alabama campuses.
After listening to politicians including Gov. Robert Bentley and several legislators speak at the football-style pep rally, Jacksonville State University freshman Chase Brisendine said he didn't hear any of the speakers talk about the rising cost of tuition, which he said is making a college education unaffordable for many students.Spotted here
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Small businesses in Tennessee oppose any kind of health care mandate, including one approved in the House on Thursday that would require insurance companies to include hearing aids for individuals up to 18 years of age in their policies, said the state director for the National Federation of Independent Business.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The severe storms that rumbled across North Carolina and South Carolina are long gone, but their effects are lingering. story continues..
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News of the budget deal has many in Central Florida breathing a sigh of relief.
It means military families will keep getting paid and some national parks will remain open.
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Regulators have approved an average rate hike of 18.8 percent for Florida homeowners covered by State Farm, according to state documents filed Friday.
(Reuters) - The 2011 Atlantic hurricane season will be nearly as busy as the one that just ended, Colorado State University meteorologists predicted on Wednesday. story continues..
The forecasting team anticipates 17 tropical storms, with nine of those strengthening into hurricanes during the season that runs from June 1 to November 30.
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A Senate committee is looking for ways to help slow down Florida's runaway home foreclosures problem that is hampering the state's growth and prosperity.
Officials from the attorney general's office told the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee on Tuesday that nearly all of Florida is considered to be in a high state of foreclosure and that not a lot of folks are doing much about it.
They said the foreclosure process in Florida is in total disarray.Spotted here
CELEBRATION, FL (CNN) - Tragedy strikes in a Florida town built by Disney. Authorities in Celebration said they're dealing with the first homicide in the 14-year-old picture-perfect town. story continues..