Governor Jindal declares State of Emergency for TS Karen

Baton Rouge, La. - Governor Jindal issued the following executive proclamation declaring a state of emergency as a result of the forecasted conditions of Tropical Storm Karen.

Karen is currently moving up the Yucatan Peninsula and is moving slowly northwestward toward the State of Louisiana and the Gulf Coast, posing a threat of extremely heavy rainfall resulting in very high tides for coastal parishes and the possibility of flash floods for coastal parishes and inland parishes through the weekend.

The National Weather Service predicts this storm has the potential to develop hurricane force winds and make landfall between Southeast Louisiana and the Florida panhandle on Saturday.

The National Weather Service has issued a Hurricane Watch, a Tropical Storm Watch, and a Coastal Flood Advisory for the next 72 hours for parts of southeastern Louisiana.