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Jefferson Parish, Louisiana -- October 5, 2013

1. Various of sandbagging

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Satellite Imagery, Gulf of Mexico - October 5, 2013

2. Vapor image of Tropical Storm Karen

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Jefferson Parish, Louisiana -- October 5, 2013

3. Pan right of shore and roadway

4. Med of water

5. Wide of sandbags

6. SOUNDBITE: (English) April Terrebonne, Coastal Louisiana Resident: (transcribed below)

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Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana -- October 4, 2013

7. Drilling for storm preparation

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Satellite Imagery, Gulf of Mexico - October 5, 2013

8. Vapor image of Tropical Storm Karen

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Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana -- October 5, 2013

10. Various of Emergency preparedness workers

11. SOUNDBITE (English) Guy Laigast, Emergency Preparedness Director: (Transcribed Below)

12. Various of evacuees at shelter

13. SOUNDBITE: (English) Dana Etienne, Coastal Evacuee (transcribed Below)

14. Wide of emergency vehicle

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Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana -- October 4, 2013

15. Various of boarding up and storm preparations

VOICE OVER SCRIPT:

RESIDENTS ALONG PARTS OF COASTAL LOUISIANA SPENT SATURDAY PREPARING FOR TROPICAL STORM KAREN.

AS IT CHURNED IN THE GULF OF MEXICO, THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAID STORM SURGES OF ONE TO THREE FEET WERE POSSIBLE ALONG THE SOUTHEAST LOUSIANA AND MISSISSIPPI COAST -- WITH RAINFALL OF UP TO 3 INCHES -- AND SIX INCHES IN SOME ISOLATED AREAS.

SOUNDBITE: (English) April Terrebonne, Coastal Louisiana Resident:

"We've been preparing for the water, if it does come up. We've moved everything, and we're just getting prepared."

SATURDAY, KAREN HAD MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS OF 40 MILES PER HOUR -- MAKING IT A WEAK TROPICAL STORM.

IT ALSO STALLED FOR SEVERAL HOURS.

IN LOW LYING PLAQUEMINES PARISH - - OFFICIALS CHANGED AN EVACUATION ORDER FROM MANDATORY TO VOLUNTARY SATURDAY AFTERNOON.

SOUNDBITE (English) Guy Laigast, Emergency Preparedness Director:

"The storm has been downgraded tremendously. Surges yesterday, the predictions were three to five feet (1 to 1.5 meters) on the east bank of Plaquemines Parish, and they're one to three feet (0.3 to 1 meters). That allows us a lot of breathing room."

EVEN SO, DOZENS OF EVACUEES CHOSE TO STAY AT A SHELTER RATHER THAN RETURN HOME TO DEAL WITH THE UNEXPECTED.

SOUNDBITE: (English) Dana Etienne, Coastal Evacuee:

"We're just going to wait it out here. They told us we could go home, but I feel a whole lot safer here, especially with my children."

IF KAREN MAKES LANDFALL AS A TROPICAL STORM, IT WOULD BE ONLY THE SECOND NAMED STORM TO HIT THE U.S. DURING AN UNUSUALLY QUIET HURRICANE SEASON.

THE FIRST ONE -- TROPICAL STORM ANDREA -- HIT FLORIDA IN JUNE.

SIG OUT....THE ASSOCIATED PRESS.

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