Southeast Louisiana battens down for Tropical Storm Karen

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Saturday, October 5, 2013 - 2:58pm

People in parts of Southeast Louisiana are battening down in preparation for tropical storm Karen.

The storm is off the gulf coast, heading for land.

Several areas around Belle Chasse are under a mandatory evacuation, including some who live outside the protection of the levy system.

A burst of rain today in Myrtle Grove, perhaps a preview of the storm approaching from the gulf.

Roy Mills is packing up and leaving his fishing camp because of tropical storm Karen.

"The water is probably going to come up to the slab, and if we lose electricity we won't be able to drive out any where after the water comes up."

The storm could move over lower Plaquemines, that's enough to get shrimpers and fisherman in empire to pull their boats out of the water.

"You don't want to lose your livelihood, you work too hard for it, it's a lot of money involved."

For parish officials, their biggest area of concern is on the east bank, specifically the levee system which suffered heavy damage during hurricane Isaac. This time around, they're hopeful the levees won't be over topped.

"We're not confident, but we're hopeful. If we we were confident we wouldn't be asking for the evacuations. It's too close to call, and we don't want to make the judgment on the wrong side."

Conditions are expected to worsen, but most residents are staying put. Bain Richard feels confident about riding it out in his mobile, but, it maybe a bumpy ride.

"We got deal with a lot of wind, don't get me wrong, we'll probably be rocking like a boat, but we're just going to hang it out."

According to the National Weather Service, tropical storm Karen weakened as it moved over the Gulf of Mexico.

But flooding preparations continue as heavy rain is expected.

Forecasters say the storm should make landfall between Southeastern Louisiana and the Florida panhandle Saturday night or Sunday morning.

A tropical storm watch remains in effect for parts of both states.

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