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January 2, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who was among the thousands in the state whose homes lost power after a Christmas Day ice storm, urged residents to be patient as the lights slowly came back on. Huckabee told state lawmakers in a conference call that he believed the storm was the worst in state history. About 46,000 Arkansas homes and businesses remained without electricity. At its peak, the storm knocked out power to about 315,000 Arkansas customers.
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September 20, 2005 | John-Thor Dahlburg, Times Staff Writer
As Tropical Storm Rita churned off the southeastern United States, officials Monday ordered all 80,000 residents of the Florida Keys to evacuate, while in Louisiana, authorities hastily began planning for the possibility that their state might be struck by a second major hurricane in less than a month.
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September 2, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Tropical Storm Earl, so vast it nearly filled the Gulf of Mexico, was expected to explode into a hurricane and hit the Louisiana and Texas coasts. Earl was centered about 190 miles south-southwest of New Orleans was expected to reach hurricane strength by the time it hits land. Evacuations of Louisiana's coastal areas had started, and a state of emergency was declared.
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January 2, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who was among the thousands in the state whose homes lost power after a Christmas Day ice storm, urged residents to be patient as the lights slowly came back on. Huckabee told state lawmakers in a conference call that he believed the storm was the worst in state history. About 46,000 Arkansas homes and businesses remained without electricity. At its peak, the storm knocked out power to about 315,000 Arkansas customers.
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September 20, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
There wasn't much left to pack when the 1,500 residents of Grand Isle, La., were ordered to head for the mainland because of Tropical Storm Hermine: It was their third evacuation in as many weeks. Almost everyone had left town by late afternoon, as winds hit 25 mph and sea water from tides a foot higher than normal sloshed over roads. The state's only inhabited barrier island, Grand Isle is just 5 feet above sea level, and the only road to the mainland floods before the island does.
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August 30, 1992 | From Associated Press
Federal offices opened Saturday in five hurricane-hammered communities, taking the first of thousands of requests for emergency housing and other needs. The Federal Emergency Management Agency also declared seven more parishes disaster areas, bringing the total to 15 parishes eligible for state and federal assistance in recovering from Hurricane Andrew. An army of utility workers toiled in the Louisiana sun to restore power to 103,000 customers enduring their fifth day without electricity.
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July 18, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Tropical Storm Danny hovered off the Louisiana coast, where forecasters said it could become a hurricane before moving ashore today. Its 60-mph winds whipped up high tides at Grand Isle, forcing 1,500 residents to evacuate. In New Orleans, officials closed floodgates and lowered the water level in canals. Meteorologist Marshall Wickman said Danny was likely to make landfall just west of Grand Isle. Forecasters predicted a storm surge of up to 5 feet.
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February 21, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
A line of severe storms in central Louisiana spawned tornadoes that touched down in three areas Monday, downing power lines, toppling trees and damaging buildings, officials said. Hundreds of miles away, the same storm system brought more rain to waterlogged Kentucky as highway crews struggled to reopen scores of roads closed almost a week ago by the worst flooding to hit the state in a decade.
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May 28, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
High winds hurled debris and ripped down a stage where up to 10,000 people had gathered for an outdoor concert in Baton Rouge, La. At least 27 were injured on the grounds of the Centroplex, part of the city government building complex across the street from the Mississippi River levee. The sudden storm downed power lines and tree limbs across Baton Rouge, a police dispatcher said.
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August 1, 1989 | J. MICHAEL KENNEDY, Times Staff Writer
Hurricane Chantal, the first of the season, aimed for the Texas and Louisiana coasts Monday, a day in which the storm's winds capsized an oil drilling work vessel and trapped as many as 10 crew members inside. Three of the crewmen were picked up by a nearby fishing vessel and a fourth was plucked from the water by a Coast Guard helicopter. The Coast Guard also said there were unconfirmed reports that two others had been picked up by another boat.
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April 24, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Several tornadoes toppled trees and utility poles and damaged numerous structures in northwest Louisiana--critically injuring a woman whose house collapsed, authorities said. Five injuries--four of them minor--were reported in a residential neighborhood south of Shreveport, where one funnel cloud reportedly hit, Caddo Parish Sheriff's spokesman Edward Vailes said.
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April 5, 1999 | From Associated Press
Searchers spent Easter Sunday carefully moving debris from piles of wreckage, hoping to find more survivors of a tornado that carved a 3 1/2-mile swath through Bossier Parish and killed six people "If you would've dropped a 747 and a B-52 on these areas, and they had exploded, it wouldn't have done this much damage," Bossier Parish Sheriff Larry Deen said. "This is just a twisted mass of debris where people used to live."
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April 4, 1999 | From Associated Press
At least six people were killed Saturday when a tornado tore through this northwestern Louisiana town, flattening mobile homes and trapping people inside when walls collapsed around them, authorities said. The police said six were killed at the Twin Point Trailer Park and that three died at the Hay Meadow Trailer Park. At least 30 house trailers were destroyed in the Hay Meadow park. But Bossier Parish Coroner Dawn Young confirmed only six deaths late Saturday.
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September 29, 1998 | CLAUDIA KOLKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Slowly but furiously, Hurricane Georges crawled across the tan sands of the Gulf Coast on Monday and lumbered into the state of Mississippi, causing three deaths, spreading destruction across hundreds of miles and driving out 1.5 million people in one of the biggest evacuations in hurricane history. National Guard troops waded through chest-deep water to carry children to safety. More than 400 people fled shelter in a college gym after the wind demolished the roof.
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September 28, 1998 | CLAUDIA KOLKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Under a flat gray sky that threatened but hadn't yet dealt heavy rains, New Orleans residents sealed windows, packed shelters, even pried their way into abandoned buildings Sunday to evade the onrushing force of Hurricane Georges. The massive storm, expected to slam the Gulf Coast tonight, could hover over New Orleans for days and pour up to 25 inches of rain onto the city and its surroundings, forecasters said.
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September 27, 1998 | CLAUDIA KOLKER and MIKE CLARY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
As residents of the Florida Keys began to assess Hurricane Georges' destructive legacy--and finding it worse than first thought--the marauding storm took on power Saturday while heading for yet another landfall along the Gulf Coast. Top winds grew to 110 mph as the hurricane pulled away from Florida and headed northwest into the warm, open waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
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August 29, 1992 | DOUGLAS FRANTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Winn-Dixie supermarket was closed by storm damage, its broken windows boarded over and its food spoiling. But the parking lot was a magnet Friday for the homeless and the hungry. One of them was Amelia Berard, 54, who sat listlessly in an aging silver Chrysler, nibbling the three pancakes served up by a group of Southern Baptists who had driven in from Texas with a self-contained cook trailer. "The roof was blown off my house and everything was floating in the water," said Berard.
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March 8, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Chunks of hail more than a half-foot in diameter smashed windows and dented cars in central Louisiana as thunderstorms produced nearly constant lightning. Frances Breland said her daughter-in-law's car had to be towed to a repair shop because of shattered glass and a busted grill, and her husband brought in one irregular hailstone that measured 7 inches across. Thunderstorms stretched across most of the Gulf states and extended into northern Texas and Oklahoma.
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September 20, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
There wasn't much left to pack when the 1,500 residents of Grand Isle, La., were ordered to head for the mainland because of Tropical Storm Hermine: It was their third evacuation in as many weeks. Almost everyone had left town by late afternoon, as winds hit 25 mph and sea water from tides a foot higher than normal sloshed over roads. The state's only inhabited barrier island, Grand Isle is just 5 feet above sea level, and the only road to the mainland floods before the island does.
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September 2, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Tropical Storm Earl, so vast it nearly filled the Gulf of Mexico, was expected to explode into a hurricane and hit the Louisiana and Texas coasts. Earl was centered about 190 miles south-southwest of New Orleans was expected to reach hurricane strength by the time it hits land. Evacuations of Louisiana's coastal areas had started, and a state of emergency was declared.
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