Tropical storm heads towards US

2013-10-05 11:43
Tropical Storm Karen over the US Gulf Coast. (Naval Research Laboratory, AP)

Tropical Storm Karen over the US Gulf Coast. (Naval Research Laboratory, AP)

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New Orleans - Tropical Storm Karen continued losing strength on Saturday as it headed toward the central US Gulf Coast, but forecasters were still expecting it to bring significant rain and potential flooding to low-lying areas.

The National Hurricane Centre reported early on Saturday that Karen's maximum sustained winds had dropped to 64kph, making it a weak tropical storm. The storm was moving west-northwest at 16kph to 24kph.

Forecasters expect the centre of Karen to be near the southeast Louisiana coast on Saturday night, when they say there is a slight chance of strengthening.

Karen began losing its punch after a busy day of preparations along the Gulf Coast for the storm, a late-arriving worry in what had been a slow hurricane season in the US Karen would be the second named storm to make landfall in the US - the first since Tropical Storm Andrea hit Florida in June.

Pickups hauling boat trailers and flatbed trucks laden with crab traps exited vulnerable, low-lying areas of southeast Louisiana on Friday.

Also, Alabama joined Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida in declaring a state of emergency. The Federal Emergency Management Agency and Interior Department recalled workers, furloughed because of the government shutdown, to deal with the storm and help state and local agencies.

 

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