The National Hurricane Center (NHC), a National Weather Service forecast center that remains in operation for the protection of lives and property, has issued a hurricane watch for the central Gulf Coast from eastern Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle. Apparently a government shutdown can't stop Mother Nature.
|Source: National Hurricane Center|
We have already mentioned that the government shutdown is occurring at a time of year when the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the United States remain vulnerable to hurricanes (see Insanity Prevails). Thus, even if she approaches the coast as "merely" a tropical storm, Karen is likely to stir both the Gulf waters and the political waters.
Disclosure: The author receives federal funding from the National Weather Service's Collaborative Science, Technology, and Applied Research (C-STAR) Program.