Fears eased, but eyes kept on Karen
BATON ROUGE - The Gulf Coast is tracking Tropical Storm Karen, as the rain and wind draw near.
Governor Jindal issued a state of emergency for Louisiana Friday, and authorities in Plaquemines Parish ordered a mandatory evacuation order for the eastbank, along with a 24-hour curfew.
Entergy and DEMCO employees and contractors are on standby, so is the Army National Guard.
Hundreds of men and women with the National Guard are activated across the state in support of Karen relief efforts. Many, arrived at their stations early Friday to check boats and fuel trucks, if needed.
"At this point in time, we're just waiting to see what happens," said LTC Mark Turner. "If we're needed, we're certainly available, to have additional people to come and support additional missions."
A few dozen motor boats housed in Baton Rouge made their way to Plaquemines and St. Tammany Parishes this afternoon. Once there, the National Guard will wait on further instructions.
People here in Baton Rouge say they aren't expecting much more than rain and wind.
"I don't think it's much of anything, I grew up in Mobile," said Corey Hargrove. "Had a lot of experience with storms and I don't think this is one that you need to be concerned about."
"It's a tropical storm, why worry," said Jennie Garcia.
Sand bags are available in Livingston and Ascension Parishes if needed.
The forecast suggests Karen will weaken more overnight and into Saturday morning. Check WBRZ.com for updates.