September 2012

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Isaac to affect Labor Day more at gas pumps, less from skies

Average gas prices clicked a nickel higher overnight Wednesday in the Triangle and across the United States, and we can thank Hurricane Isaac for that.

After making landfall Tuesday in Louisiana, Isaac is slowly moving up the Mississippi River valley.

"Right now people on the street are looking at retail gas prices and saying, 'Wow, what's going on? This storm is affecting my price,'" said Ben Brockwell, an analyst and administrator who explains these things for the Oil Price Information Service. "Don't worry. It doesn't look like it's going to last long."


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Truckers ready with relief supplies as Isaac weakens to tropical storm

While Hurricane Isaac was downgraded to a tropical storm on Wednesday, Aug. 29, heavy wind and rain continued to pound the Gulf Coast region.

On Wednesday, truck drivers were waiting at staging areas in four states to find out when - or if - they will be needed to haul in emergency supplies to affected areas at Federal Emergency Management Agency supply distribution centers set up in Georgia, Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana, which could affect truck capacity.


At a 2 p.m. briefing on Wednesday, James Franklin with the National Hurricane Center, said that even though Isaac has been downgraded to a tropical storm, he advised the people in the affected areas not to "let their guard down."


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Beyond Wind & Rain: Isaac Could Stir Up Oil


As Tropical Storm Isaac roars over Louisiana and elsewhere on the Gulf Coast, it threatens to disrupt a fragile environment that's still recovering from BP's Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the summer of 2010. 


By disturbing the sediments in which the spilled oil is buried, near the beach and deeper in the water, the hurricane could release large quantities of oil, several researchers warn.


"This is another disaster on top of the hurricane that we're going to have to deal with," Garret Graves, chairman of Louisiana's Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, told the Huffington Post. "The threat is not insignificant."

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