2013 hurricane season

Tropical Storm Karen
11:34 am
Mon October 7, 2013

La. 1 Tolls To Resume

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development will resume collecting tolls today an noon at La. 1 in Leeville, the department announced today in a press release.

DOTD had suspended the tolls due to the evacuation of Grand Isle in advance of Tropical Storm Karen.

Severe Weather
10:55 am
Sun October 6, 2013

Tropical Depression Karen Dissipates

The center of the remnants of Tropical Depression Karen
Credit National Hurricane Center

Tropical Storm Karen, steadily losing strength to dry Gulf air and shearing winds, and stalled for over a day off the coast, shrunk to a tropical depression late Saturday and then dissipated into a remnant storm Sunday morning.

The remnants of Karen are located about 85 miles southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River, moving east at about 13 mph with sustained winds topping out at 30 mph. The National Hurricane Center says the storm remnants will move in a generally eastward direction for the next day or two.

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Tropical Storm Karen
6:52 am
Sun October 6, 2013

Karen Stalls In Gulf; Maximum Winds Fall To 30 MPH

A GOES satellite handout photo provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows Tropical Storm Karen churning in the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday afternoon. Karen, the second named storm to hit the U.S. this hurricane season, has weakened into a tropical depression.
NOAA Getty Images

Originally published on Sun October 6, 2013 8:50 am

Karen, once feared to hit the U.S. Gulf Coast as a hurricane, has stalled out and weakened into a tropical depression. The National Weather Service says the storm is "drifting" at 2 mph, moving toward Louisiana's southeastern edge. As of early Sunday morning, it was about 165 miles west-southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River.

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Tropical Storm Karen
8:28 pm
Sat October 5, 2013

Some Oyster Beds Re-Opened As Tropical Storm Karen Threat Lessens

Louisiana health officials say they are reopening some oyster harvest areas where the threat of flooding from Tropical Storm Karen has diminished.

Louisiana harvest areas 13 to 23 will open Sunday morning. They were among the areas ordered closed because of the possibility of contamination from flood waters.

Saturday's announcement said a precautionary closure of oyster harvest areas one through 12 would remain in effect until health officials determine the waters meet standards set by the National Shellfish Sanitation Program.

Tropical Storm Karen
4:55 pm
Sat October 5, 2013

Tropical Storm Karen Stalls, Expected To Stay Mostly Offshore

Tropical Storm Karen's projected path.
Credit National Hurricane Center

Tropical storm Karen weakened more overnight, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The storm, now with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph, and moving north at just 2 mph, has been sheared apart by dry Gulf winds and is being steered further by a cold front moving eastward through the central US.

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Tropical Storm Karen
5:00 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Mayor Landrieu Says Federal Shutdown Not Affecting Storm Preparations

Mayor Landrieu says officials ready to deal with Tropical Storm Karen.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says agencies throughout the region are working together in preparation for Tropical Storm Karen. He’s confident emergency preparations are in place.

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Tropical Storm Karen
4:00 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Mayor Landrieu Says New Orleans Prepared For Tropical Storm Karen

A screenshot of Mayor Mitch Landrieu's Tropical Storm Karen press conference.
City of New Orleans

New Orleans officials get ready to handle effects of Tropical Storm Karen.

New Orleans officials are preparing for the arrival of Tropical Storm Karen. Residents are advised to keep their guard up, despite this year’s calm hurricane season.

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Tropical Storm Karen
3:07 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Port Of New Orleans, Carnival Cruise Ships Preparing For Tropical Storm Karen

Cranes and cargo containers at the Port of New Orleans.
Erin Krall WWNO

The Port of New Orleans says workers are preparing for Tropical Storm Karen, but cargo operations are continuing uninterrupted, despite the closure of Southwest Pass at the mouth of the Mississippi River.

However, Carnival Cruise Line ships scheduled to arrive at the port this weekend may be delayed until Monday, the port and the cruise company are saying. Guests aboard the Carnival Elation and the Carnival Conquest are being kept apprised of the storm, and both vessels are said to be sailing a safe distance from the storm.

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Tropical Storm Karen
2:19 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

La. 1 Toll Collections Suspended

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has suspended toll collections at La. 1 in Leeville in response to the mandatory evacuation of Grand Isle, the agency announced this afternoon.

DOTD says the tolls have been suspended in order to facilitate emergency and protective services and evacuation as Tropical Storm Karen approaches the coast. The agency will make an announcement when tolls are scheduled to resume.

Tropical Storm Karen
2:02 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Tropical Storm Karen: Entergy New Orleans Power Outage Map

View the Entergy New Orleans power outage map.

This interactive map provided by Entergy shows the number of power outages and customers affected in the New Orleans metro region, as well as approximate restoration times.

Check back frequently, as conditions can change rapidly during a severe weather event like Tropical Storm Karen.

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