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August 31, 2012
A S THE GOP party faithful have spent all week being whipped into their anti-government frenzy, Hurricane Isaac - which bypassed Tampa but has done damage to New Orleans - should be reminding everyone why government services are essential and why atrophied government invites disaster. When Katrina hit in 2005, Americans watched fellow citizens dying on national television, wondering with exasperation why federal resources were not deployed to help. Abject failures on the state and local level made matters even worse.
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September 7, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
As Hurricane Leslie heads north toward Bermuda, a leftover portion of Hurricane Isaac has found its way back to the Gulf of Mexico, where it's threatening to become a new tropical storm. Leslie could become a Category 2 storm before nearing Bermuda on Sunday. Its projected path should take it north toward Nova Scovia, sparing the U.S. East Coast, according to the National Hurricane Center. After making landfall in Louisiana on Aug. 27, Isaac dumped rain as it moved up the Mississippi Valley and then "was ripped in half" as it curved eastward, according to meteorologist Jeff Masters of WeatherUnderground.com.
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September 1, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
After a hot and sunny start, Labor Day Weekend could end with the arrival of the remnants of Hurricane Isaac. Today, Philadelphia could see a high in the mid 90s for the first time since early August, and Saturday, as the two-day Made in America music festival begins on the Parkway, the high could hit the high 80s or low 90s. Sunday brings a slight chance - 20 percent - of showers or thunderstorms, with a high in the mid 80s. As a hurricane,...
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August 30, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
NEW ORLEANS - Hurricane Isaac sidestepped New Orleans on Wednesday, sending the worst of its howling wind and heavy rain into a cluster of rural fishing villages that had few defenses against the slow-moving storm that could bring days of unending rain. Isaac arrived exactly seven years after Hurricane Katrina and passed slightly to the west of New Orleans, where the city's fortified levee system easily handled the assault. The city's biggest problems seemed to be downed power lines, scattered tree limbs and minor flooding.
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August 29, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
NEW ORLEANS - Hurricane Isaac made landfall in southeast Louisiana late Tuesday as Gulf Coast residents hunkered down behind boarded-up windows with stockpiles of food and water, and wind-driven rain lashed bayous and beaches. New Orleans calmly waited out another storm on the eve of Hurricane Katrina's seventh anniversary, hoping the city's strengthened levees would hold. Isaac, a massive storm spanning nearly 200 miles from its center, zeroed in on New Orleans, turning streets famous for hosting celebrations at all hours into ghost boulevards.
NEWS
September 5, 2012 | By Cain Burdeau and Stacey Plaisance, Associated Press
LAPLACE, La. - At the urging of residents who have long felt forgotten in the shadow of more densely populated New Orleans, the Army Corps of Engineers says it will look into whether the city's fortified defenses pushed floodwaters provoked by Hurricane Isaac into outlying areas. However, the Corps has said it is unlikely scientific analysis will confirm that theory, suggested not only by locals, but by some of the state's most powerful politicians. Instead, weather experts say a unique set of circumstances about the storm - not the floodwalls surrounding the New Orleans metro area - had more to do with flooding neighborhoods that in recent years have never been under water because of storm surge.
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August 25, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
Uncertainty is the name of the game when it comes to rain this weekend and next, when the remnants of Hurricane Isaac could arrive and dampen part of the Labor Day weekend. Each of the next five days, including today, could see some rain in the Philadelphia area - or not. The Phillies games don't seem to be in jeopardy tonight, Saturday night or Sunday afternoon against the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park. "Don't be surprised if a sprinkle or two develops this afternoon in a few spots," according to the morning forecast discussion from the National Weather Service in Mount Holly.
NEWS
August 30, 2012 | By Cain Burdeau and Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS - Hurricane Isaac sidestepped New Orleans on Wednesday, sending the worst of its howling wind and heavy rain into a cluster of rural fishing villages that had few defenses against the slow-moving storm that could bring days of unending rain. Isaac arrived exactly seven years after Hurricane Katrina and passed slightly to the west of New Orleans, where the city's fortified levee system easily handled the assault. The city's biggest problems seemed to be downed power lines, scattered tree limbs, and minor flooding.
NEWS
August 30, 2012 | By Bill Reed, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Seven years after helping victims of Hurricane Katrina, Janice Winston, 59, of Mount Airy, is back in Louisiana, helping people cope with Hurricane Isaac. Newly enlisted volunteer Kirsten Heininger, 22, of Mullica Hill, is in Lucedale, Miss., staffing an emergency shelter for those forced out of their homes. Winston and Heininger are two of the 27 volunteers deployed by the Southeastern Pennsylvania chapter of the American Red Cross (SEPA) to help residents of four Southern states deal with the flooding caused by Isaac.
NEWS
August 31, 2012
* BREAKING BAD. 10 p.m. Sunday, AMC. WATCHING SOME of the Hurricane Isaac coverage earlier this week, I found myself thinking of AMC's "Breaking Bad. " On the Weather Channel, particularly, the anchors seemed to be having trouble controlling their excitement as they discussed just what it would take for the then-tropical storm to pull itself up by its bootstraps and make its Gulf Coast debut as a full-fledged hurricane. Sure, hurricanes are bad, dangerous things and no one who witnessed the devastation of a Hurricane Katrina could hope to see that kind of history repeat itself.
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September 7, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
As Hurricane Leslie heads north toward Bermuda, a leftover portion of Hurricane Isaac has found its way back to the Gulf of Mexico, where it's threatening to become a new tropical storm. Leslie could become a Category 2 storm before nearing Bermuda on Sunday. Its projected path should take it north toward Nova Scovia, sparing the U.S. East Coast, according to the National Hurricane Center. After making landfall in Louisiana on Aug. 27, Isaac dumped rain as it moved up the Mississippi Valley and then "was ripped in half" as it curved eastward, according to meteorologist Jeff Masters of WeatherUnderground.com.
NEWS
September 5, 2012 | By Cain Burdeau and Stacey Plaisance, Associated Press
LAPLACE, La. - At the urging of residents who have long felt forgotten in the shadow of more densely populated New Orleans, the Army Corps of Engineers says it will look into whether the city's fortified defenses pushed floodwaters provoked by Hurricane Isaac into outlying areas. However, the Corps has said it is unlikely scientific analysis will confirm that theory, suggested not only by locals, but by some of the state's most powerful politicians. Instead, weather experts say a unique set of circumstances about the storm - not the floodwalls surrounding the New Orleans metro area - had more to do with flooding neighborhoods that in recent years have never been under water because of storm surge.
NEWS
September 1, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
After a hot and sunny start, Labor Day Weekend could end with the arrival of the remnants of Hurricane Isaac. Today, Philadelphia could see a high in the mid 90s for the first time since early August, and Saturday, as the two-day Made in America music festival begins on the Parkway, the high could hit the high 80s or low 90s. Sunday brings a slight chance - 20 percent - of showers or thunderstorms, with a high in the mid 80s. As a hurricane,...
NEWS
August 31, 2012
A S THE GOP party faithful have spent all week being whipped into their anti-government frenzy, Hurricane Isaac - which bypassed Tampa but has done damage to New Orleans - should be reminding everyone why government services are essential and why atrophied government invites disaster. When Katrina hit in 2005, Americans watched fellow citizens dying on national television, wondering with exasperation why federal resources were not deployed to help. Abject failures on the state and local level made matters even worse.
NEWS
August 31, 2012
* BREAKING BAD. 10 p.m. Sunday, AMC. WATCHING SOME of the Hurricane Isaac coverage earlier this week, I found myself thinking of AMC's "Breaking Bad. " On the Weather Channel, particularly, the anchors seemed to be having trouble controlling their excitement as they discussed just what it would take for the then-tropical storm to pull itself up by its bootstraps and make its Gulf Coast debut as a full-fledged hurricane. Sure, hurricanes are bad, dangerous things and no one who witnessed the devastation of a Hurricane Katrina could hope to see that kind of history repeat itself.
NEWS
August 30, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
NEW ORLEANS - Hurricane Isaac sidestepped New Orleans on Wednesday, sending the worst of its howling wind and heavy rain into a cluster of rural fishing villages that had few defenses against the slow-moving storm that could bring days of unending rain. Isaac arrived exactly seven years after Hurricane Katrina and passed slightly to the west of New Orleans, where the city's fortified levee system easily handled the assault. The city's biggest problems seemed to be downed power lines, scattered tree limbs and minor flooding.
NEWS
August 30, 2012 | By Cain Burdeau and Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS - Hurricane Isaac sidestepped New Orleans on Wednesday, sending the worst of its howling wind and heavy rain into a cluster of rural fishing villages that had few defenses against the slow-moving storm that could bring days of unending rain. Isaac arrived exactly seven years after Hurricane Katrina and passed slightly to the west of New Orleans, where the city's fortified levee system easily handled the assault. The city's biggest problems seemed to be downed power lines, scattered tree limbs, and minor flooding.
NEWS
August 30, 2012 | By Bill Reed, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Seven years after helping victims of Hurricane Katrina, Janice Winston, 59, of Mount Airy, is back in Louisiana, helping people cope with Hurricane Isaac. Newly enlisted volunteer Kirsten Heininger, 22, of Mullica Hill, is in Lucedale, Miss., staffing an emergency shelter for those forced out of their homes. Winston and Heininger are two of the 27 volunteers deployed by the Southeastern Pennsylvania chapter of the American Red Cross (SEPA) to help residents of four Southern states deal with the flooding caused by Isaac.
NEWS
August 29, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
NEW ORLEANS - Hurricane Isaac made landfall in southeast Louisiana late Tuesday as Gulf Coast residents hunkered down behind boarded-up windows with stockpiles of food and water, and wind-driven rain lashed bayous and beaches. New Orleans calmly waited out another storm on the eve of Hurricane Katrina's seventh anniversary, hoping the city's strengthened levees would hold. Isaac, a massive storm spanning nearly 200 miles from its center, zeroed in on New Orleans, turning streets famous for hosting celebrations at all hours into ghost boulevards.
NEWS
August 25, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
Uncertainty is the name of the game when it comes to rain this weekend and next, when the remnants of Hurricane Isaac could arrive and dampen part of the Labor Day weekend. Each of the next five days, including today, could see some rain in the Philadelphia area - or not. The Phillies games don't seem to be in jeopardy tonight, Saturday night or Sunday afternoon against the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park. "Don't be surprised if a sprinkle or two develops this afternoon in a few spots," according to the morning forecast discussion from the National Weather Service in Mount Holly.
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