Tropical Storm Lee now has winds approaching 60 miles per hour. Louisiana has heavy rain, and authorities warn of flooding in Alabama and Mississippi as well. States of emergency have been declared.
Tar balls from the Gulf oil spill were first spotted entering New Orleans' Lake Pontchartrain on Sunday, and have disrupted the lake's rebounding fishing industry.
Lake Pontchartrain, which has until now been free of oil from the BP spill, is now home to tar balls and an oil sheen.
The season’s first tropical weather system is disrupting cleanup efforts and has raised the anxiety level along the Gulf Coast. Where's the emergency storm plan, some officials are asking?
As President Obama visits Louisiana Friday for the third time for an on-scene update of the BP oil spill, some residents report a nagging feeling that the US response would have been more vigorous if the accident had happened elsewhere.
With Obama in Louisiana Friday to assess the response to the BP oil spill, residents have strong views about what needs to happen next. But their ideas can conflict, and expectations are low.
Prices jump for oil-containment booms, as communities scramble to protect their coastlines from the approaching slick from the Gulf oil spill. Moreover, booms are effective only in certain conditions, experts say.
BP has been roundly criticized by federal and state officials for its oil spill cleanup efforts. But one local official points to signs of progress and cooperation.