Karen weakens as it approaches Gulf Coast

2013-10-05 18:26
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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Braithwaite - Tropical Storm Karen continues to move toward the northern Gulf Coast and is expected to decrease in speed as it brings rain and potential flooding to the US.

The National Hurricane Centre says Saturday morning that Karen is about 245km south of Morgan City, and about 295km southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River.

It has maximum sustained winds of 65km/h and is moving at 16km/h.

A tropical storm warning is in effect from Morgan City to the mouth of the Pearl River. A tropical storm watch covers the New Orleans area and a stretch from east of the Pearl River's mouth to Indian Pass.

Forecasters say rain accumulations of 1 to 3 inches over the central Gulf Coast and southeastern US are possible through Monday night, with isolated totals up to 6 inches.

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