WASHINGTON - The drop in consumer confidence caused by the partial government shutdown and possible fiscal default is the biggest since Hurricane Katrina. WASHINGTON - The drop in consumer confidence caused by the partial government shutdown and possible fiscal default is the biggest since Hurricane Katrina.Gallup, which has been measuring economic confidence since 2008, said that the current partial government shutdown pummeled its Economic Confidence Index 12 points, the largest since Lehman Brothers collapsed in Sept.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R) declared a state of emergency on Thursday as the only-partially-shut-down National Hurricane Center warned that Tropical Storm Karen could become a hurricane by early Saturday. Most reporting on the impacts of the shutdown briefly mentions that the Center will continue to track storms. Hurricane Hunters, who fly into the middle of storms to gather essential data to more accurately forecast hurricane paths, are also feeling the pinch of the shutdown. James Franklin, head of hurricane operations at the Center, told Al Jazeera America that “We know that our track forecasts are better when they fly.
Masters’ forecast notes a 28 percent chance that Karen will be a hurricane on Saturday morning, due to anticipated dry air and wind shear in its path.

The nearby Liberty Island was also affected by the hurricane last year but reopened in July. Hurricane Hunters, the men and women whose duty is to fly planes directly into tropical storms, are flying today without pay because of the GOP Government Shutdown of 2013. Meanwhile, FEMA employees who have been furloughed by the Republican government shutdown are being hastily called back to the job to prepare for Karen.
There is currently no end in sight for the GOP Government Shutdown of 2013 which began on Tuesday, October 1st.
The Gulf Coast is currently under a hurricane watch while a storm surge of between two and four feet is expected between Louisiana and Alabama. The National Hurricane Center issued a hurricane watch for the Gulf Coast from Grand Isle, LA, to Indian Pass, FL.
The 27.5 acre island was left without power for months after the hurricane flooded its boilers and electrical systems, threatening to wash out its rich history of American immigration.

Last year's Hurricane Sandy caused a surge of water to swamp its grounds, leaving it without power for months.
Essential employees such as the Hurricane Hunters have been working without pay since then. Between 7 am and 9:30 am EDT the Hurricane Hunters made three passes though the center of Karen, and the central pressure stayed roughly constant at 1004 mb, so Karen is not undergoing much change.

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