As of the 1 a.m. Tuesday update from the National Hurricane Center, Isaac’s winds were still at 70 mph, just shy of hurricane force, and its path continued to center on New Orleans. Forecasters expected the winds to accelerate to hurricane speeds overnight, and for New Orleans to begin feeling its effects in earnest Tuesday morning.
Two brothers were tied up and robbed at gunpoint inside a Pitt Street home in the Riverbend on Monday night, police said.
Drivers or boaters going more than 5 mph on flooded streets will be issued tickets, NOPD officials said.
“We will enforce that with zero tolerance,” said NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas in a news conference Monday afternoon.
A 25-year-old man was gunned down around 10 a.m. Monday in the driveway of an apartment complex in the 3300 block of South Saratoga, police said.
Although considerable uncertainty remains in the National Hurricane Center forecast, New Orleans is now near the center of the possible paths for Isaac’s landfall Wednesday morning.
Schools under the control of the Recovery School District and the Orleans Parish School Board will be closed Monday through Wednesday in anticipation of Tropical Storm Isaac, officials said.
Hurricane conditions are expected within the New Orleans metropolitan area and “preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion,” forecasters warned as their computer models show Isaac’s path drawing gradually nearer to the city.
The broad, uncertain path of Tropical Storm Isaac and its expected increase in intensity have prompted a hurricane watch that now includes the New Orleans area, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Big-budget superheroes, computer-animated cartoons and even a few family classics are among the selections for this fall’s “Movies in the Park” series in Uptown parks.
Shortly after 9 a.m. Friday morning, Ted Argote returned home from dropping his wife at work, parked in front of his Panola Street home and, as he walked out the door, called out a greeting to the paisley-patterned python that has recently begun sunning itself every morning in the front yard.
“Good morning, Indiana!” Argote said, using a nickname picked in homage to Harrison Ford’s famously snake-averse archaeologist.
While the sudden appearance of the exotic jungle carpet python on Panola Street was odd, even odder still is the litany of wild animals appearing around Uptown of late, and residents’ largely nonchalant reaction to them. With a supposed boa constrictor on Burdette, parakeets in Palmer Park, a peacock on Cohn and a fashionable little kangaroo (or wallaby) spotted on upper Magazine Street, it has been hard to tell this week where the zoo stops and the neighborhoods begin.
The 5-day forecast for Tropical Storm Isaac now includes south Louisiana among the system’s possible eventual destinations next week, according to the National Hurricane Center.
The request by Jack Ryan to demolish a mansion on a lot he wants to buy at the corner of St. Charles and Valence for a new home drew the support of immediate neighbors, but not the St. Charles Avenue Association, and the Neighborhood Conservation District Committee was unable to successfully vote to either defer the project or allow the demolition, reports Karen Gadbois of The Lens.
A 17-year-old was shot to death shortly after 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Harmony Oaks community on Magnolia Street near Washington Avenue, and three hours later a 21-year-old was shot several times in the chest in the Hoffman Triangle area of Central City, police said.
Early in May, a 15-year-old boy walked into Dos Jefes Uptown Cigar Bar on Tchoupitoulas, asked if they sold cigarettes and purchased a pack from the machine.
That boy was assisting agents with the state Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control, however, and the purchase landed Dos Jefes in front of the city Alcohol Beverage Control board on Tuesday morning, along with several New Orleans other bars in the first wave of a three-year, federally-funded enforcement effort.
Pamela Arceneaux of the Historic New Orleans Collection will take the Nix Library’s Louisiana Bicentennial Series into the red light district on Friday evening with a lecture on the “History of Prostitution in New Orleans.”