Tropical Storm Karen

Hurricane Season
5:17 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Tropical Storm Karen: National Guard To Mobilize; Entergy Prepares

Louisiana's National Guard says Gov. Bobby Jindal has authorized mobilization of 650 guardsmen as Tropical Storm Karen swirls in the Gulf.

Thursday's Guard news release also says 520 Louisiana National Guard technicians are being recalled from furlough to deal with the storm.

Meanwhile, utility company Entergy has issued a statement saying it is preparing for the possibility of outages accompanying high wind, heavy rains and thunderstorms from Karen.

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Hurricane Season
2:58 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Gov. Jindal Declares State Of Emergency In Preparation For Tropical Storm Karen

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency Thursday after Tropical Storm Karen formed in the Gulf of Mexico and threatened to come ashore over the weekend along the Gulf coast.

The declaration authorizes the state Office and Homeland Security and other state agencies to activate emergency plans for the tropical storm's possible impact on Louisiana parishes.

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Hurricane Season
2:22 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Plaquemines Parish Takes Precautions For Tropical Storm Karen

Authorities in Plaquemines Parish say they are taking early precautions as Tropical Storm Karen moves northward in the Gulf of Mexico.

Parish President Billy Nungesser says residents are being asked to clear drainage basins and secure loose lawn items and garbage cans.

Nungesser says all pump stations in Plaquemines are operational and crews on stand-by for possible operations because of the storm.

Hurricane Season
2:17 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Nicholls State University Eyes Tropical Storm Karen

Officials at a university in the coastal Louisiana Parish of Lafourche are keeping an eye on tropical weather.

Nicholls State University in Thibodaux issued a statement Thursday after Tropical Storm Karen formed.

The university said it has begun early-stage hurricane emergency preparations while monitoring the strength, speed and path of Karen.

The university remained open and classes were continuing.

Hurricane Season
1:26 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Army Corps Of Engineers To Close Surge Barrier In Advance Of Tropical Storm Karen

Diagram of surge barrier and gates.
US Army Corps of Engineers

The Army Corps of Engineers will close the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway barge gate at the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal-Lake Borgne Surge Barrier, the agency announced today in a press release.

The barrier is scheduled to be closed at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, according to Corps of Engineers spokesman Ken Holder.

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10:46 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Tropical Storm Karen Heading For U.S. Gulf Coast

The storm track forecast for Karen.
National Hurricane Center, Miami

Originally published on Thu October 3, 2013 1:07 pm

Newly formed Tropical Storm Karen, which could reach hurricane strength by Friday, is expected to make landfall on the U.S. Gulf Coast sometime over the weekend.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami says the late-season storm formed Thursday morning about 485 miles south of the Mississippi Delta, with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph. It was moving north-northwest at 12 mph, but was expected to speed up.

Forecasters say it will make landfall in the U.S. either Saturday or Sunday.

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