Karen is No More

Karen is No More

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MOBILE, Ala. - Tropical Depression Karen has dissipated. The gulf coast counties are no longer under a Tropical Storm Watch. 

In Mobile, there are no major closings or cancellations. BayFest acts are still going on as scheduled on the main stages. The gospel, launching pad, jazz, and cafe stages are still canceled due to the unpredictability of the storm.

Cancellations:

  • Santa Rosa Island Triathlon
  • The Humane Society of Pensacola Barktober Fest
  • The Bluegrass Festival at Blakeley State Park
  • The October 5th Palafox Market
  • The Orchard Baptist Church EMS Block Party
  • Fairhope Mullet Run
  • Destin Seafood Festival
  • Fairhope's Grand Festival of Art Baldwin County Heart Walk- rescheduled for October 17th
  • Children's Miracle Network Slopoker Run in Gulf Shores- rescheduled for October 26th
  • Scarecrow Festival in Orange Beach is postponed until further notice
  • The Pink Event in Orange Beach is postponed until further notice
  • American Heart Association Walk in Orange Beach- rescheduled for October 17th
  • Music at Meyer Park

School Closings:

  • Pensacola State College will be closed at 5 p.m. Saturday, October 5 for non-essential personnel will reopen for classes on Monday, October 7.

Alabama Power continues to "monitor" the situation.  The company conducts regular training. Alabama Power crews from outside the area are on alert. In addition, the company has secured additional fuel and supplies.

Mobile County is status quo. Mobile County Spokesperson Nancy Johnson says they do not expect a severe situation. Road crews will be ready to respond to flooded streets on the south part of the County

At Hurlburt Field, personnel is preparing to evacuate aircraft to a safe zone at Little Rock Air Force Base in Arkansas and Cannon Air Force Base in New Mexico. 

In Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, double red flags are flying. Orange Beach waters are closed. At this point, lifeguards continue to monitor beach conditions.

The city of Gulf Shores is watching Tropical Storm Karen closely. Emergency response officials are meeting this afternoon to discuss the city's storm preparedness plan in the event of severe weather
The city's new fire station could be used as a storm staging and planning facility. The building has a conference area and can withstand winds of up to 140 miles per hour.  At this point, it's pretty much business as usual with a focus on what's happening and what could happen in the Gulf.

In Mississippi, members of Pascagoula Zonta Club will meet with city leaders and police this afternoon to talk about what to do about this weekend’s 36th Annual Arts and Crafts Festival.  

The D'Iberville Police Department announced that sand bags are ready and available under the I-110 bridge at Bayshore Drive.

 
News 5 will have continuous coverage on Tropical Storm Karen, cancellations, closings, and shelters.

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