Karen is no more. Meteorologists have downgraded the storm to a low pressure system.
Even though Karen, as a Tropical Depression, stalled in the Gulf of Mexico, the warm waters of the Gulf did not help to fuel the storm’s revival. The cold front that’s moving over Louisiana is expected to further dissipate the storm, as well as dry the air out over south Louisiana.
All watches and warnings associated with Karen have been cancelled.
Belle Chasse – With the reduced threat of Tropical Storm Karen, all evacuation and curfew orders have been lifted in Plaquemines Parish as of 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 06, 2013. The Belle Chasse Auditorium will close as a shelter as of 9:00 a.m. The Empire Flood gate is currently being opened.
Due to the downgrade of Tropical Storm Karen to a Tropical Depression, and the discontinuation of all Watches and Warnings for St. Tammany Parish, the Parish Emergency Operations Center will stand down. The Parish’s EOC staff and our partner agencies have ceased operations and they, along with the Parish President, would like to thank the citizens of St. Tammany Parish for their cooperation during this event.
The National Weather Service reports Tropical Storm Karen is showing signs of weakening, however this still poses a threat of occasional strong, gusty winds and scattered heavy rain through Sunday. St. Bernard Parish officials will remain on standby for the duration of the storm.