Tropical Storm Karen continues to weaken as it nears the central gulf coast

The National Hurricane Center said Saturday morning that Karen is about 155 miles south of Morgan City, La., and about 185 miles southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River. It has maximum sustained winds of 40 mph and is moving North at 10 mph.

Although Karen is losing strength, gulf coast residents can still expect significant rain and flooding especially along the immediate coast. Total rainfall amounts will range between one to three inches along the Gulf coast and may exceed six inches in some locations.

What's left of Karen will approach the Carolinas by the end of the weekend and bring some much needed rain to the Pee Dee and Grand Strand.

Due to our lack of rain over the past few months, flooding is not anticipated.