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Tropical Storm Karen Targets Gulf Coast

​EEI is closely monitoring Tropical Storm Karen, which formed this morning in the Gulf of Mexico. The storm could intensify before it makes landfall. While the exact path of the storm is still unknown, hurricane watch is in effect from Grand Isle, LA, to west of Destin, FL.

If you live in the forecasted path of the storm, be prepared and be safe.

What you can do now:

  • Read EEI’s hurricane-safety tips.
  • Develop an emergency plan that addresses any special medical needs you or your family members have. Call your local emergency management office to discuss necessary arrangements.
  • Have your Emergency Outage Kit stocked and readily available.
  • Know all evacuation routes if you live close to the coast.
  • Pay attention to local weather reports on the radio, television, or Internet.
  • Stock up on non-perishable food, water, medications, and any other necessities to avoid the need for travel during the storm. If called to evacuate, do so immediately.
  • Learn what to do in case of a power outage.

If a severe storm does hit your area:

  • Stay in a secure room and away from windows. Remain indoors.
  • Monitor weather bulletins on a battery-powered radio.
  • If your power goes out, report your outage immediately to your local electric company. Don’t rely on your neighbors to report your outage.

Severe Weather and Reliability

In addition to customer safety, the electric power industry’s top priority is to provide a reliable supply of on-demand power. Discover how the industry responds to outages caused by severe weather:

Don’t forget to visit your local electric company’s Web site for the latest updates and guidance on how to prepare for storms.

For more hurricane safety and preparation tips, visit the National Hurricane Survival Initiative.