NEW ORLEANS - Tropical Storm Karen has become disorganized but remains poised to become the first named storm to hit the U.S. in what has been a relatively quiet hurricane season.
A Hurricane Watch has been discontinued.
National Hurricane Center forecasters expect Karen to be near the central Gulf Coast on Saturday, likely as a weak hurricane or tropical storm.
At 5 p.m. Friday, Karen was about 235 miles south-southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River and 270 miles south-southeast of Morgan City, La. It's moving north-northwest at 7 mph Maximum sustained winds are 50 mph.
A tropical storm warning is in effect for Morgan City, La., to the mouth of the Pearl River.
Karen is expected to produce rainfall of 3 to 6 inches through Sunday night, with isolated totals up to 10 inches possible.
A little strengthening is possible before landfall late Saturday night or early Sunday morning.
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