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Tropical storm approaches US coast

Tropical Storm Karen has continued 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 said that Karen is about 155 miles south of Morgan City, Louisiana, and about 185 miles south west of the mouth of the Mississippi River. It has maximum sustained winds of 40mph and is moving at 10mph.

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, Florida.

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

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