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“FEMA has begun to recall currently furloughed employees necessary to serve functions of the agency that protects life and property as they prepare for potential landfall of Tropical Storm Karen,” White House Press Secretary
According to the National Hurricane Center, hurricane watches are in effect from Louisiana to Florida. Karen would be the first named storm to directly threaten the United States this year.
The hurricane center placed Karen 430 miles offshore and moving northerly about 12 miles per hour.
It was carrying maximum sustained winds of 65 mph.