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Local preparations for Tropical Storm Karen

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - With Tropical Storm Karen headed towards the northern gulf coast, there is currently no significant threat to Cenla. However, preparations are being made.

"We are working closely with our parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. They are monitoring the situation and giving us updates as needed. As of right now our contingency plans is always there to assist evacuees to staff shelters and whatnot. That is not even in the works at this time," said Lt. Carnline of the Rapides Parish Sheriff Department.

Some Cenla residents have been stocking up on food and supplies.

"Business has picked up a little bit especially in the water area people are preparing for the hurricane, but I don't really think it's going to do too much around here besides a little bit of rain. A few perishable items but I think that's just to prepare just in case something actually does happen, said Stevie Aldrich, Supervisor of Mac's Fresh Market.

Even if the threat isn't severe it's always a good idea to have a few extra cans of food just in case.

The threat may be low but storms can be unpredictable.

"Rarely is there a slam dunk in the forecast so preparation is essential but right now based on what we see and we're fairly confident in this that we will not see any impact for weather here, said KALB Chief Meteorologist Tom Konvicka.

"There are no evacuees that we know about that will come this far north again we're monitoring the situation and if we need to put our contingency plan into place that's what we will do," said Lt. Carnline.

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