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2013 Hurricane Season

Hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30.

Follow any hurricane or tropical storm on the WGNO Weather page:
http://wgno.com/weather

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Tropical storm & hurricane names for 2013 storms:

Andrea
Barry
Chantal
Dorian
Erin
Fernand
Gabrielle
Humberto
Ingrid
Jerry
Karen
Lorenzo
Melissa
Nestor
Olga
Pablo
Rebekah
Sebastien
Tanya
Van
Wendy

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Tropical Storm Karen has spawned an internet star! All weekend, we were watching some wacky weather reports from a woman named Rhonda Faye. Her reports are hilarious!

We were convinced that Rhonda was just an ordinary Cajun from down in the bayous of Lafourche Parish, but it turns out, she’s not really who she says she is in the videos (see the video above).

And even though most people around southeast Louisiana only found her videos over the weekend, she’s been doing these storm reports since Hurricane Isaac in 2012.

You can follow her on YouTube by clicking here, or check out her Facebook page, or check out some of the very funny videos that caught our eye here:

Thanks to what was once Tropical Storm Karen dissipating, Plaquemines Parish has called off all evacuation and curfew orders.

“I never leave for no storm,” says Pointe à la Hache native Jerome Miller.

Miller and his fellow shrimpers are at the end of the road, down the east bank of preparing the shrimp boat “Violation,” one of few who ignored a mandatory evacuation order.

Miller says the order turned out to be unnecessary: “Typically It would be nothing but boats. Boats from one end of this harbor to the other end.  A lot of people coming home right now.”

The lifetime shrimper says people who live and work in Pointe à la Hache  want a stronger levee system for peace of mind, so lives aren’t turned upside down when uncertain storms, pose uncertain threats.

“From that wall all the way down to Phoenix we need a levee,” Miller says. “It’s not high enough.  We don’t have a levee back here. If our councilmen people would do something about it, people  wouldn’t have to run.”

According to the Plaquemines Parish website, 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 closed as a shelter as of 9:00 a.m.

The Empire Flood gate is currently being opened.

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10/06/13

Gretna Fest Dodges Karen

Gretna Fest did manage to dodge Karen, but some people believe less people came because of fear of the tropical storm.

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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.

PARISH NOTES:

Plaquemines:

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.

St. Tammany:

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.

St. Bernard:

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.

at201312As of the 10 p.m. advisory, Karen had weakened enough to be downgraded to a Tropical Depression. Because of this weakening, all Tropical Storm warnings have been discontinued.

Karen's location as of 10PM:
location...28.1n 91.9w
about 120 mi...190 km SSW of Morgan City Louisiana
about 185 mi...295 km WSW of the mouth of the Mississippi River
maximum sustained winds...35 mph...55 km/h
present movement...stationary
minimum central pressure...1008 mb...29.77 inches
Weather
10/05/13

Karen barely maintaining Tropical Storm status

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Latest update from the National Hurricane Center still has Karen with 40 mph winds – barely a tropical storm. Recon flight found a small area of the storm with these winds.

Otherwise, the system continues to weaken as it drifts north. New track actually moves it more east than northeast.All tropical storm warnings and watches have been cancelled, except for a TS Warning from Grand Isle to the mouth of the Pearl River. (Click here to learn the difference between the two.)

This should continue to weaken into a depression by tomorrow morning as the center passes along the coast and over Plaquemines Parish.

The majority of the effects of this system will stay offshore. Most of the rain we will see over the next couple days will actually come with the cold front passing through tomorrow.

The WGNO Weather team will continue to watch this system until it moves out, but just a non-factor for the most part as we’ve been saying.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Even with recent forecasts showing Tropical storm Karen weakening, mandatory evacuations for parts of Plaquemines Parish are still in effect as of 11:30pm Friday.

According to the Parish website the evacuation is for the entire eastbank and all communities on the westbank with no levee protection.

A mandatory 24 hour curfew is effective for the eastbank of Plaquemines Parish.

The Belle Chasse Auditorium is open as a place of shelter.

Residents are asked to bring their own provisions.

The Empire Drawbridge will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 4, 2013.

Ferry Service at the Belle Chasse/Scarsdale and the Pointe-a-la-Hache locations will continue to operate on normal schedule unless wind speeds become greater than 50 mph.

At this point in time, the Army Corps of Engineers does not expect the Highway 23 Floodgate at Oakville or the Highway 39 Floodgate at the St. Bernard/Plaquemines Parish line to be closed

All Plaquemines Parish Recreation Department games are cancelled for this weekend.

To report animals in distress, call the Plaquemines Parish Animal Control Department at 504-393-0215.

Your Weather Forecast for Friday 10/4/13 with Meteorologist Jeff Robbins

One big event that’s not cancelled is Gretna Fest.

Tonight’s the first night and while the crowd enjoys the music, the festival organizers are keeping an eye on the weather.

WGNO’s Darian Trotter is there!

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