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BP Oil Found in Million-Pound Tarmat

Updated 12/19, 2 p.m.

Tropical Storm Karen exposed a two-ton tar mat containing BP oil near Fourchon Beach, but U.S. Coast Guard crews had to go looking for the mother lode. Upon further investigation, the crews found an even larger tar mat in November. So far, crews have recovered 1.5 million pounds - or 750 tons - of product from the area, according to Petty Officer Michael Anderson, a Coast Guard spokesman.

Tropical Update: Karen a No Show

The indecisive Karen, who went from a tropical storm, to a hurricane, and back to a depression, has officially dissipated. The fickle system’s center is no longer easily discernable, according to National Hurricane Center forecaster Michael Brennan. 

Karen Downgraded to Tropical Depression

Karen refused to go anywhere for most of Saturday, and by the end of the day her tantrum was officially diagnosed. The system was downgraded to a tropical depression by the National Hurricane Center on Saturday night, and all watches and warnings were canceled along the Gulf Coast.

Tropical Storm Karen Weakening, Heading Toward Louisiana

Updated 4:05 p.m.

Weather wizards have shifted Tropical Storm Karen's track east, and she is expected to blow over Southeast Louisiana on Saturday night. But she's weakening as she moves in toward shore. Saturday morning's 24-hour forecast from the National Hurricane Center forecast projected the storm would move northeast across Plaquemines Parish before heading back out into the Gulf of Mexico toward Mississippi. At a press conference Saturday morning, Mayor Mitch and city leaders said they were not bracing for a major event.

Today in New Orleans 10.05.13

It's still unclear where fickle Karen will make her final stop, but New Orleans is carrying on with a weekend full of soirees, festivals, gallery openings, and classical music all the same. Happy Birthday to Keith Frazier, co-founder of Rebirth Brass Band, born on this date in 1968. Now, more local music to celebrate this Saturday. 

TS Karen Looks Disorganized, But Still a Threat

Updated 6:45 p.m.

Like most visitors, Tropical Storm Karen finds herself a little more disheveled as she approaches the Gulf Coast. According to the 4 p.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center, the storm is looking disorganized as she hovers 235 miles south of the Mississippi River. That led the NHC to cancel hurricane watch extending from coastal Louisiana to the Florida panhandle. However, a tropical storm watch remains in effect.

Furloughed Workers Recalled with TS Karen Looming

The government shutdown looks like it will continue into the weekend. But with Tropical Storm Karen approaching the Gulf Coast, the furlough was brief. After Gov. Bobby Jindal called a state of emergency, workers who were considered "non-essential" in the wake of the shutdown suddenly found themselves wanted again.

Checking the Watch

Mayor Mitch Talks Tropical Storm Karen Prep: Liveblogged

With Tropical Storm Karen churning in the Gulf, New Orleans is under Tropical Storm Watch, and officials are making the preparations. 

Tropical Storm Karen Treks North, Heavy Rain Expected Friday Night

After doing the wobble, Tropical Storm Karen is weakening as she continues her trek up the Gulf. But New Orleans remains under tropical storm watch with the system expected to be at the Gulf Coast on Saturday. After rising to 65 mph on Thursday, Karen's maximum winds were reported to 50 mph as of 10 a.m. Friday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

City's Sneed Talks TS Karen Prep

Katrina’s anniversary has come and gone, but just when you think it’s blue skies, a storm hits. Tropical Storm Karen is on a northward course from the Yucatan to the Gulf Coast, and New Orleans is under a watch. Oscillating between a tropical storm and a Category 1 hurricane, the city should expect a lot of rain. Dependent on the track, New Orleans Emergecy Operations chief Col. Sneed predicts around 2-5 in. of rainfall. 

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