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Weakening Tropical Storm Karen heads for Gulf Coast

From: USA Today

by AP


Karen is not forecast to develop into a hurricane.
A man rides swallowed by a wave at Perdido Pass in Orange Beach on Thursday October 3, 2013. Tropical Storm Karen’s surf was getting rougher as the day wore on. (Brian Kelly/bkelly@al.com)
BRAITHWAITE, La. (AP) — Tropical Storm Karen continued chugging toward the northern Gulf Coast on Saturday, with forecasters predicting rain, potential flooding and a decrease in speed later in the day.
The National Hurricane Center reported early Saturday that Karen’s maximum sustained winds had dropped to 40 mph, making it a weak tropical storm. It was moving north at 10 mph, and center forecasters said in their advisory that they expect Karen to decrease in speed later Saturday and turn toward the northeast.
A tropical storm warning is in effect from Morgan City to the mouth of the Pearl River, which forms part of the border between Louisiana and Mississippi. A tropical storm watch covers the New Orleans area and a stretch from east of the Pearl River’s mouth to Indian Pass, Fla.

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