Grief, anger, disbelief: Trump voters face Biden's victory
Still, any fragment of possibility is enough for some Trump supporters to reject reality, feel aggrieved and rebuff Biden's calls for unity. Several Trump supporters interviewed by The Associated Press in recent days were rankled by widespread celebrations of Biden's win in liberal cities. They saw hypocrisy in the public, outdoor gatherings after Democrats condemned Trump supporters for attending big rallies — some were held indoors — during the coronavirus pandemic. Piotrowski, like many Trump supporters, wants to see Trump’s legal challenges continue. Unlike many Trump supporters, Michelle Sassouni wasn't shocked by the outcome of the election or the aftermath.
'Sigh of relief': Sally spares a Mississippi gator ranch
– As rain and wind from Sally starting reaching the Gulf Coast, the manager of a Mississippi alligator ranch was just hoping he wouldn’t have to deal with a repeat of what happened during Hurricane Katrina. That’s when about 250 alligators escaped their enclosures as storm surge pushed water over the grounds. “I’m thinking a sigh of relief somewhat,” said manager Tim Parker, who took over Gulf Coast Gator Ranch & Tours after Katrina. As the hurricane moved east of Mississippi, the surge forecast was reduced to no more than 4 feet (1.2 meters). Parker’s farm has alligators up to 14 feet long, roaming and swimming through ponds, sand dunes and tall marsh grass.
Fierce storm surge feared as Laura bears down on Gulf Coast
A girl wades towards her flooded home the day after the passing of Tropical Storm Laura in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. Laura battered the Dominican Republic and Haiti on it's way to the U.S. Gulf Coast, where forecaster fear it could become a major hurricane. Now forecasters are turning their attention the Gulf Coast, where up to 11 feet (3.4 meters) of sea water storm surge could inundate the coastline from High Island in Texas to Morgan City, Louisiana, the hurricane center said. Hurricane Rita then struck southwest Louisiana that Sept. 24 as a Category 3 storm. We might have dodged a bullet with Marco, and obviously some people along the Gulf Coast are not going to be as blessed as us.___Martin reported from Marietta, Georgia.
How hurricanes can impact red tides
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Red tides result in smelly fish kills that often show up in the summer through fall and can be especially irritating for people near affected areas. When hurricanes churn with red tide, outcomes can be mixed sometimes exacerbating red tide or ending it altogether. Gradients between salty and less saline lighter water can concentrate red tide when hurricanes dump rain. While some oceanographers suspect rain runoff laden with pollution or sewage may boost red tides, there is agreement that nutrients play a significant role in generating red tide outbreaks. Red tides are suppressed when deeper ocean currents push nutrients toward shore in spring to summer months, where fast growing microscopic plants can prevail over the slower growing red tide organisms.
Contract approved to start $450 million Superdome overhaul
NEW ORLEANS, LA – The state board that oversees Louisiana’s Superdome approved a contract Thursday for the first phase of a $450 million renovation of the 44-year-old New Orleans landmark that became a symbol of the city’s rebirth following Hurricane Katrina. The unanimous vote by the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District was to approve a $53 million contract for initial work on the stadium upgrade. The Saints are to put up $150 million and the district is to pay $210 million. The dome has been the home of the New Orleans Saints since opening in 1975. John Bel Edwards' efforts for a new state contract with the Saints aimed at keeping the team in New Orleans through 2015.
How do hospitals prepare for hurricanes?
Hospitals plan for catastrophic events, but there are always lessons to be learned. Planning is paramountEach hospital is required to have an emergency plan, usually approved by the hospital's accrediting body. One of the most difficult decisions facing a hospital's leadership team as it prepares to face a storm is the decision to evacuate some or all of the hospital's patients. Hospital staff prepare the hospital to weather a storm. In the aftermath of a disaster, hospitals may suffer power loss.
Barry makes landfall in Louisiana, then weakens back into a tropical storm
NEW ORLEANS - Barry made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane early Saturday afternoon along Louisiana's central coast, then immediately weakened back into a tropical storm, according to the National Hurricane Center. But it was the rainfall that always posed the greatest threat, regardless of whether the storm was a hurricane or a tropical storm. And a tropical storm warning was discontinued for anyone east of the mouth of the Mississippi River. Storm surge warnings along the coast extended from Intracoastal City, south of Lafayette, to Biloxi, Mississippi, and along Lake Pontchartrain. For the first time since their construction, all major floodgates on the Mississippi River are closed, he added.
7 things to know about Tropical Storm Barry
Tropical Storm Barry is now threatening to blow ashore as a hurricane, packing drenching rains "that could test the flood-control improvements made in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina 14 years ago," the Associated Press said Thursday. The tropical storm formed off the coast of Louisiana earlier in the day. This could be bad for the Mississippi River. The @nwslmrfc has lowered the forecast for the Mississippi River at New Orleans to 19ft. Mandatory evacuations were ordered for people living near the Mississippi River at Louisianas southeastern tip.
Why New Orleans is vulnerable to flooding: It's sinking
Sean Gardner/Getty Images(CNN) - New Orleans was built above sea level, but over time, it's been sinking. And from Hurricane Katrina in 2005 to threats of flooding this week, a few facts on -- and in -- the ground explain why the Big Easy is uniquely vulnerable to massive flooding. Settlers who got the best land were able to build only about 10 feet above sea level. By the 1930s, one-third of the city was below sea level, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Scientists found that the ground in the area was sinking at a rate of 1 centimeter a year.
On this day: August 29
2005: Hurricane Katrina makes landfall as a Category 3 hurricane in southeast Louisiana. Katrina would go on to devastate much of the U.S. Gulf Coast from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle, killing more than 1,836 and causing more than $80 billion in damage. The most significant number of deaths occurred in New Orleans, which flooded after the city's levee system catastrophically failed, in many cases hours after the storm had moved inland. Hide Caption