Last Updated: Friday, October 4, 2013

Tropical Storm Karen prompts state of emergency in Louisiana

Tropical Storm Karen has prompted state of emergency in the U.S. state of Louisiana which is forecast to hit the Gulf Coast between the state and the Florida Panhandle in the next few days.

Extremely heavy rainfall, high tides and flash floods is predicted in the coastal and inland parishes of emergency declared Louisiana.

As of 7 a.m. CDT (1200 UTC) October 4, Tropical Storm Karen was located about 445 km south-southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River.

Tte National Weather Service has issued a hurricane warning, a tropical storm watch and a coastal flood advisory for the next 3 days in parts of southeastern Louisiana.

The tropical storm Karen could briefly reach hurricane strength before hitting land, weather officials said.

Andrea was the first named storm of the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season. According to forecasters from Colorado State University, four out of nine are predicted to be a major hurricane in 2013 (Categories 3, 4 or 5).

Original post: Natural Disasters List October 4, 2013