Mark Schleifstein

Times-Picayune

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Environmental reporter for the Times-Picayune, which won two Pultizer Prizes for its coverage of the Katrina disaster, and co-author of Path of Destruction: the Devastation of New Orleans and the Coming Age of Superstorms

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After going offshore, Tropical Storm Harvey is now poised to return to Houston. Residents near two dams have been told to evacuate, as officials release water from them.

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Hurricane Isaac Stalls over Louisiana

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