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Tolls suspended as Grand Isle evacuated

3 years 7 months 2 weeks ago October 04, 2013 Oct 4, 2013 Friday, October 04 2013 October 04, 2013 12:27 PM in News
Source: WBRZ

NEW ORLEANS - State transportation officials suspended toll operations along La. 1 today to help residents quickly evacuate Grand Isle ahead of Tropical Storm Karen.

Grand Isle's mayor upgraded a voluntary evacuation order of the barrier island to a mandatory evacuation Friday. In response, the Department of Transportation and Development stopped toll operations at La. 1 in Leeville to help with the evacuation and emergency services.

Karen was weakening but still ready to become the first named storm to hit the U.S. in what has been a quiet hurricane season.

National Hurricane Center forecasters expect Karen to be near the central Gulf Coast on Saturday as a weak hurricane or tropical storm.

A hurricane watch stretched from Grand Isle to west of Destin, Fla. A tropical storm warning was in effect for Morgan City, La., to the mouth of the Pearl River.

For the latest conditions in the Gulf, visit our Hurricane Center page.

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