Karen Weakens As It Approaches Gulf Coast

BRAITHWAITE, La. (October 5, 2013)--Tropical Storm Karen continued to move toward the northern Gulf Coast Saturday and was expected to decrease in speed as it brings rain and potential flooding to the U.S.

The National Hurricane Center said Saturday morning that Karen was about 155 miles south of Morgan City, La., and about 185 miles southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River with maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour.

The storm was moving at 10 miles per hour.

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, Fla.

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

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