Tropical Storm Karen weakens; Bay declares emergency 'just in case'
Oct 4, 2013, 12:04
Tropical Storm Karen has slowed, according to the most recent National Hurricane Center forecast, but at 11;30 a.m. Friday, the city of Bay St. Louis declared a state of emergency, in case the storm strengthens again or changes direction.
"Right now, we think the worst of it is going to be higher tides, maybe three-to-five feet above normal ...," Mayor Les Fillingame said. "I don't think we will have a lot of wind-driven clean-up, but we're going to be ready, just in case."
By declaring a state of emergency, the city will be eligible for assistance from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, should the need arise.
The National Weather Service's latest forecast indicates Karen has slowed to about 50 mile-per-hour winds.