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Tropical Storm Karen bears down on Louisiana gulf coast, headed to Carolinas

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Tropical Storm Karen is bearing down on the gulf coast and is headed toward the Carolinas late this weekend.

WBTV's team of meteorologist continues to track the storm. Tropical Storm watches and warnings have been posted along the gulf coast from Louisiana to the Florida panhandle.

By 11 a.m. Friday, the storm had weakened with maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour.

The storm is already weaker than earlier anticipated, and will rapidly weaken after it makes landfall, says WBTV Meteorologist Ashley Batey. 

Models are still not unified in either track or intensity, but the National Hurricane Center track has Karen as either a strong Tropical Storm or weak Hurricane making landfall on the Alabama/Florida Gulf Coast late Saturday.

WEB EXTRA: Track the storm in the WBTV Hurricane Center

By the time it moves over the Carolinas, it will be nothing but a remnant low, likely with winds no stronger than 25 mph or so, Batey says.

That doesn't mean that individual storms couldn't have stronger wind gusts, but our biggest threat from Karen will not be the winds.

It will be the potential for very heavy rain. Flash flooding will be possible on Monday, Batey added.

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