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Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
September 06, 2017 - 7:52 am
A group of private pilots is looking for help with their humanitarian mission in Texas. "Operation Airdrop (OAD) is an all-volunteer group of General Aviation pilots," according to the organizations website. "In the few days since it was created, the group has grown to 150+ pilots and planes from...
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USA TODAY
Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
September 06, 2017 - 7:20 am
The Krewe of Endymion today announced its celebrity performers for the 2018 Extravaganza in the Superdome the Saturday before Fat Tuesday. Video of Endy 2018 Preview Rod Stewart will play for the crowd and has been invited to ride in carnival's biggest parade. He is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of...
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Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
September 06, 2017 - 6:41 am
A cold front pushing its way through Louisiana today is bringing much nicer weather and keeping Irma and Katia away from Louisiana. "It's gonna give us some great weather, and it's gonna help to pull Hurricane Irma northward," WWL TV Meteorologist Dave Nussbaum explained. "It will also keep...
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September 05, 2017 - 6:44 pm
The Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness and other emergency planners in the state got together today to discuss Louisiana’s response plan should another storm hit us while portions of the Gulf Coast region are still recovering from prior events. Mike Steele...
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Jim Hanzo
September 05, 2017 - 4:10 pm
The National Hurricane Center says Tropical Depression 13 has formed in the Bay of Campeche. Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph (55 km/h) with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours. The depression is moving toward the east near 2 mph and forecasters expect the...
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David Blake
September 05, 2017 - 3:48 pm
State and local officials have been meeting and holding exercises on Hurricane Irma, despite forecast models that appear to show the big storm may not impact Louisiana. They are worried about the unknown factor with this monster storm. If Louisiana called an evacuation because of Irma, sending...
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September 05, 2017 - 1:20 pm
The daughter and babysitter of Lafayette Sheriff Mark Garber have been found safe after the two went missing in a canoe overnight. John Mowell with the sheriff’s office says the 21-year-old Juliana Brooks took 7-year-old Cora Garber canoeing in the sheriff’s pond, which is adjacent to a swamp. “...
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Chris Miller
September 05, 2017 - 11:12 am
Hurricane Irma hit maximum sustained winds of 180 miles per hour Tuesday morning, and hit 185 miles per hour by the afternoon. It is the strongest Atlantic hurricane outside the Gulf of Mexico or Caribbean Sea on record, according to the National Hurricane Center. "There's only been about six...
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Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
September 05, 2017 - 10:12 am
Tropical Storm Jose is now trekking through the Atlantic Ocean, expected to become a hurricane later this week. The National Hurricane center says Jose is not forecast to threaten any land over the next five days. Long range computer models show it curving into the central Atlantic and not entering...
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September 05, 2017 - 9:34 am
Relief efforts are ongoing amid the devastation left by Hurricane Harvey, and many are asking how they can help those affected. Chairman of the Board for the Greater Baton Rouge Red Cross, Desiree Lemoine says donating money is the easiest way to give because the Red Cross can buy in bulk. “They...
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