BATON ROUGE, LA (WVLA) — Tropical Storm Karen formed in the Gulf of Mexico this morning and south Louisiana could feel some impacts.
As of 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3, the storm had maximum sustained winds of 65 mph.
The National Hurricane Center predicts that Karen could briefly become a category 1 hurricane by Friday, Oct. 4. The projected path has the storm making landfall early Sunday morning in the Mobile Bay area.
A Tropical Storm watch has been posted throughout Louisiana from Morgan City through New Orleans.
“We are fully prepared for a potential heavy rain event,” Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser, said. “All pump stations are operational and we have crews on stand-by.”
Officials have noted that the status of the government shutdown will not impact  those agencies typically involved in storm response.
"We are here during the shutdown fully staffed concentrating on mission activities only," Kenneth Graham, meteorologist-in-charge at the NWS in Slidell says. "No products will be impacted. We are here on duty and considered 'excepted' for protection of life and property."
Essentially, all agencies and employees who typically respond to disaster situations are still on the clock. This is one major exception to the shutdown that allows “essential workers” to stay in place.