Hurricane Isaac http://apr.org en 5 More Counties Eligible For Aid After Hurricane http://apr.org/post/5-more-counties-eligible-aid-after-hurricane Alabama's governor says five more counties will be eligible for federal aid aimed at helping communities recover from damage caused by Hurricane Isaac. Gov. Robert Bentley said in a statement Thursday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved the request. Bentley had sent a letter to FEMA saying the five counties -- Covington, Dallas, Geneva, Monroe and Perry -- suffered $2.5 million in damage. The five counties are now added to the list of counties that were already able to apply for federal public assistance. Thu, 04 Oct 2012 21:42:10 +0000 The Associated Press 18838 at http://apr.org 5 More Counties Eligible For Aid After Hurricane Study: Virtually All Ala. Tar Balls From BP Spill http://apr.org/post/study-virtually-all-ala-tar-balls-bp-spill <P>A new chemical analysis shows that virtually all the tar balls now washing on to the Alabama coast are directly linked to the BP oil spill more than two years ago.</P> <P>The report released Thursday by Auburn University says that tar balls caused by the spill are hundreds to thousands of times more common than another type of asphalt-like tar deposit that's been in the Gulf for years.</P> <P>Researchers tested tar found on Alabama beaches after Hurricane Isaac last month. Thu, 20 Sep 2012 21:56:09 +0000 The Associated Press 18169 at http://apr.org Study: Virtually All Ala. Tar Balls From BP Spill Most Of Ala's Isaac Request For Beach, Sand Work http://apr.org/post/most-alas-isaac-request-beach-sand-work Most of Alabama's request for $9.4 million in federal assistance following Hurricane Isaac would pay for beach repair or sand removal. The state released to The Associated Press a copy of an aid request that Gov. Robert Bentley wrote to President Barack Obama this week. About $6.2 million is being sought to repair beaches in Gulf Shores or Orange Beach or to remove sand that covered roads on Dauphin Island. Another $846,000 would go to Dauphin Island for roads and public utility repairs. Fri, 14 Sep 2012 22:02:55 +0000 The Associated Press 17875 at http://apr.org Most Of Ala's Isaac Request For Beach, Sand Work Tests Confirm Link Between BP Oil, Post-Isaac Tar http://apr.org/post/tests-confirm-link-between-bp-oil-post-isaac-tar Scientific testing has confirmed a link between oil from the massive BP spill and tar found on Alabama beaches after Hurricane Isaac. Auburn University researcher Joel Hayworth said Tuesday a chemical analysis showed that tar balls collected after Isaac were associated with the type of oil spilled after the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig in 2010. Auburn researchers collected about 15 pounds of tar balls after the storm, and officials from Gulf Shores and Orange Beach picked up still more. BP is holding a media briefing in New Orleans to discuss its response after Isaac in Alab Tue, 11 Sep 2012 21:05:06 +0000 The Associated Press 17689 at http://apr.org Tests Confirm Link Between BP Oil, Post-Isaac Tar BP Says Old Oil From Spill Exposed By Isaac http://apr.org/post/bp-says-old-oil-spill-exposed-isaac BP says Hurricane Isaac's scouring waves exposed deposits of buried tar on the Louisiana coast that were left over from its massive oil spill in 2010. Louisiana officials closed a stretch of beach near Fourchon on Tuesday after scouts said they found large tar mats. Wed, 05 Sep 2012 22:21:14 +0000 The Associated Press 17404 at http://apr.org BP Says Old Oil From Spill Exposed By Isaac EPA Grants 8 States Clean Gas Waiver After Isaac http://apr.org/post/epa-grants-8-states-clean-gas-waiver-after-isaac The Obama administration is temporarily waiving clean gas requirements in eight states affected by Hurricane Isaac. Governors requested the waiver because fuel supplies from refineries in the Gulf area were disrupted by Isaac. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson says extreme circumstances could cause a gas shortage. The waiver lets gas stations sell less environmentally friendly fuel, normally reserved for winter, in addition to the regular fuel they normally sell during summer, when ozone levels are higher. Wed, 05 Sep 2012 20:56:50 +0000 The Associated Press 17398 at http://apr.org EPA Grants 8 States Clean Gas Waiver After Isaac Tar Washing in on Alabama Beaches Post-Isaac http://apr.org/post/tar-washing-alabama-beaches-post-isaac <p>Officials say they're finding tar balls on Alabama's beaches in the wake of Hurricane Isaac's landfall last week.</p><p>Representatives from the cities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach said Wednesday workers are seeing significantly more tar deposits on the sand than before Isaac struck. The tar is weathered and old, and it's not considered dangerous.</p><p>The cities believe tar is breaking off from large, submerged mats that were left from the BP oil spill in 2010. But tests have yet to confirm whether the tar is linked to the BP well or something else.</p> Wed, 05 Sep 2012 17:21:11 +0000 The Associated Press 17382 at http://apr.org Tar Washing in on Alabama Beaches Post-Isaac Flooding Causes Damage In West, South Alabama http://apr.org/post/flooding-causes-damage-west-south-alabama <P>Flooding caused by remnants of Hurricane Isaac has caused extensive damage in parts of western and southern Alabama.</P> <P>Swirling water lapped at the doors of businesses in downtown Selma. Tue, 04 Sep 2012 21:37:06 +0000 The Associated Press 17330 at http://apr.org Flooding Causes Damage In West, South Alabama UA Students Face Isaac in New Orleans for Research http://apr.org/post/ua-students-face-isaac-new-orleans-research <p>Residents along the Gulf Coast are beginning to survey the damage left in Hurricane Isaac’s wake. Some University of Alabama research students are also assessing the impact of the storm. Four UA graduate students went to New Orleans and braced themselves against the high winds and heavy rains for research. John Mason is one of those students.</p> Mon, 03 Sep 2012 15:02:53 +0000 Maggie Martin 17261 at http://apr.org UA Students Face Isaac in New Orleans for Research Pets in a Disaster http://apr.org/post/pets-disaster <P>Your pet has a better chance of surviving a disaster and remaining with you if you make plans ahead of time.&nbsp; Waiting until a disaster strikes to decide what to do puts you and your best friend at risk.</P> <P>************************************</P> <P> Sat, 01 Sep 2012 13:45:00 +0000 Mindy Norton 17162 at http://apr.org Pets in a Disaster Inmates Evacuated From Isaac Returned to Mobile http://apr.org/post/inmates-evacuated-isaac-returned-mobile <P>The 257 Alabama prison inmates transferred out of a state facility in Mobile County as Hurricane Isaac was approaching the coast have been returned to Mobile.</P> <P>Department of Corrections Commissioner Kim Thomas ordered the inmates returned Thursday to Mobile Community Based Facility as the remnants of Isaac had mostly left Alabama.</P> <P>Thomas on Monday ordered the inmates temporarily transferred to Easterling Correctional Facility in Barbour County and to Bullock Correctional Facility in Bullock County. Fri, 31 Aug 2012 13:34:07 +0000 The Associated Press 17160 at http://apr.org Inmates Evacuated From Isaac Returned to Mobile Cruise Ship Cancels Plan to Dock in Alabama http://apr.org/post/cruise-ship-cancels-plan-dock-alabama <P>Carnival Cruise Lines has canceled plans to dock its ship Elation in Mobile and is sending the ship to its regular port in New Orleans.</P> <P>Carnival had originally announced plans to temporarily dock the ship in Mobile due to the remnants of Hurricane Isaac. But Carnival now says an assessment of the port facilities in New Orleans shows the ship can dock normally.</P> <P>Mobile used to be a cruise port, but Carnival pulled out because profits weren't sufficient. Fri, 31 Aug 2012 13:16:59 +0000 The Associated Press 17157 at http://apr.org Cruise Ship Cancels Plan to Dock in Alabama Schools Resuming on Ala Coast After Isaac http://apr.org/post/schools-resuming-ala-coast-after-isaac <p>Life is returning to normal on Alabama's coast after a brush with Hurricane Isaac, but not completely.</p><p>Schools in Mobile and Baldwin counties resume class Thursday after a three-day break for the storm, and seas are expected to continue falling as remnants of Isaac slowly move off the coast.</p><p>But forecasters say southwest Alabama could receive several more inches of rain before the tropical precipitation bands end. And storms could continue inland like the cells that prompted tornado warnings on Wednesday.</p> Thu, 30 Aug 2012 13:53:11 +0000 The Associated Press 17087 at http://apr.org Schools Resuming on Ala Coast After Isaac Mobile slowly drying out from Hurricane Isaac http://apr.org/post/mobile-slowly-drying-out-hurricane-isaac <P>MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Hurricane Isaac has dumped more than five inches of rain on the Alabama coast and knocked out power to some residents, but it hasn't interrupted the everyday life of others. Restaurants and convenience stores opened in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores on Wednesday morning and other businesses returned to normal after hunkering down for the hurricane. Romar Beach Baptist Church had a couple of roof leaks. But church employee Reatha Borde got in her car as normal, stopped at a convenience store for coffee and got to work early Wednesday. Wed, 29 Aug 2012 15:38:54 +0000 The Associated Press 17023 at http://apr.org Mobile slowly drying out from Hurricane Isaac Alabama Beach Structures Look OK After Isaac http://apr.org/post/alabama-beach-structures-look-ok-after-isaac <P>The gulf is churning large waves and white foam on Alabama's coast and the wind from Isaac is still whistling around buildings. But beachfront walkways and other structures along the shore appear intact.</P> <P>Lights are still on Wednesday morning in Orange Beach and a few cars are traveling the beach road. Louisiana took the brunt of Isaac after the hurricane shifted west and gave Alabama only a glancing blow.</P> <P>Officials in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are still watching to see whether the heavy surf will deposit oil left by the BP oil spill on gulf beaches. Wed, 29 Aug 2012 13:22:54 +0000 The Associated Press 17018 at http://apr.org Alabama Beach Structures Look OK After Isaac