Tropical Storm Raymond churned slowly north Sunday off Mexico's Pacific coast, threatening to dump heavy rain.
A tropical storm watch was in effect from Acapulco to Lazaro Cardenas, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Attorney General Buddy Caldwell reminds citizens and businesses that Louisiana price gouging laws are in effect upon the state of emergency declaration by Governor Bobby Jindal in anticipation of Tropical Storm Karen.
As a precautionary measure, Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez has declared a State of Emergency for Ascension Parish beginning today, Friday, October 4, 2013 because of the approach of Tropical Storm Karen in the Gulf of Mexico.
UPDATE: Due to the most recent storm forecast released by the National Weather Service, the mandatory evacuation put in place for parts of Plaquemines Parish will be changed to a voluntary evacuation beginning at noon today.
As Tropical Storm Karen moves north across the Gulf of Mexico, the American Red Cross encourages people to download the new Hurricane App to get instant access to hurricane safety steps and weather alerts for areas in the path of the storm.