Karen threatens US during quiet hurricane season

Karen threatens US during quiet hurricane season

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C.J. Johnson pulls a shrimp boat out of the water in preparation for the arrival of Tropical Storm Karen, at Myrtle Grove Marina in Plaquemines Parish, La.   National Hurricane Center forecasters expect Karen to be near the central Gulf Coast on Saturday C.J. Johnson pulls a shrimp boat out of the water in preparation for the arrival of Tropical Storm Karen, at Myrtle Grove Marina in Plaquemines Parish, La. National Hurricane Center forecasters expect Karen to be near the central Gulf Coast on Saturday

By KEVIN McGILL and STACEY PLAISANCE Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Across the Gulf Coast, officials and residents are preparing for Tropical Storm Karen, poised to become only the second named storm of a quiet hurricane season to make landfall in the U.S.

Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida declared states of emergency. The Federal Emergency Management Agency and Interior Department recalled workers who were furloughed because of the government shutdown.

Karen is forecast to produce rainfall of 3 to 6 inches through Sunday night. Isolated rain totals of up to 10 inches are possible.

Karen is about 235 miles south-southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River. A tropical storm watch stretches from the mouth of the Pearl River to Destin, Fla. A tropical storm warning is in effect from Morgan City, La., to the mouth of the Pearl.

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