State of Emergency Declared in Louisiana as Tropical Storm Karen Picks Up Steam

Residents brace for the first tropical storm of the year; preparing for high winds and flooding.
1:32 | 10/03/13

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We move now and head south to the gulf coast where tonight families from florida to louisiana are scanning the horizon and watching for signs that tropical storm karen is ready to move in. Already a state of emergency has been declared in louisiana and abc's matt gutman is tracking it all. Reporter: Hurricane and tropical storm postings are braced for hurricane karen. Oil and gas platforms evacuated. Today and tomorrow are the days of preparation because by friday night the weather will probably be going down hill. Reporter: This hurricane season has notable for its lack of hurricanes. The predictions were dire, 18 storms, 18 of them hurricanes but there is no complaining here in florida. The ingredients have not been there for hurricanes. Reporter: The only storm was tropical storm andrea that hit florida and swept up the east coast. Storms can be deadly. Since they've been keeping records, 53 hurricanes have formed in october, 16 of them major. One of the worst, super storm sandy which tore a path through 24 states, killing 117. While the gulf is bracing for a late season hurricane, further north, the upper midwest and rockies are gearing up for a heavy snow, one to two feet in some places. And heading over to italy now, tonight we're learning new

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