News Alert: LA BEOC Situation Report: TS Karen (10 AM 10.4.13)
Posted: 10/4/2013 11:30:38 AM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

LA BEOC Situation Report: TS Karen (10 AM 10.4.13)


TS Karen continues to have the potential to bring heavy rainfall and TS force winds to Southeast Louisiana evening Friday through Saturday.


The LA BEOC is monitoring the situation and plans to provide its stakeholder members information as the storm progresses.  Please share this report with your association membership and staff as you see necessary.


Below is the information gathered during the 9:30 a.m. (10.4.13) conference call with GOHSEP.


National Weather Service Briefing (0800 10.4.13):


Tropical Storm Warning/Hurricane Watch: Morgan City to the Pearl River (modified at 0930 by NWS from 0800 report)


Hurricane Watch: Mississippi Coast


Tropical Storm Watch: Metro New Orleans; Lake Pontchartrain/Lake Maurepas; and East of Morgan City to Grand Isle


Winds: 25-35 overland and Lake Pontchartrain. 40-60 mph near immediate coast and offshore. Hurricane force gusts possible in hurricane watch area.


Seas: 15-20’ seas mainly east of the MS River; Seas building to 8-12’ feet today. Seas peaking on Saturday.


Rain: 2-4” with locally higher levels (mainly across extreme SE LA and coastal MS)


Storm Surge: 1-3’ West of MS River and Lake; 3-5’ East of MS River and MS coast; Highest on East and Southeast facing shores


TS KAREN Outlook (NWS)

·        Important not to focus on the exact forecast tract of center as this is a large, disorganized system with a diffused center; Strongest impacts will be east of the center

·        Track forecast: The forecast has trended slower. Tropical Storm Karen is expected to make landfall Saturday night or Sunday morning between SE LA and the Florida panhandle.

·        Intensity forecast: The potential exists for Karen to become a hurricane before landfall.

·        Arrival of TS Force winds: around midnight for Plaquemines parish; late Friday night for the remainder of SE LA coast; Orleans and Mississippi Coast on Saturday morning  


State Agencies and Response Organizations: All agencies are currently monitoring the situation, readying resources with critical resources on stand-by.


Declarations: Check with your local EOC or media for parish specific information as this will be changing as the storm progresses.


Evacuations: Check with your local EOC or media for parish specific information as this will be changing as the storm progresses.


Floodgate Closures: Check with your parish EOC for the most current list of closures.




At this time the LA BEOC is monitoring the situation and will provide its members with information regarding TS Karen. We don’t foresee activation of the facility at this report.  


LA BEOC stakeholder members are reminded to take precautionary measures and prepare for potential high winds and rainfall.


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