Gulf Coast Prepares for Tropical Storm Karen

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Residents of the Gulf Coast are preparing Friday for the first major storm of the season, Tropical Storm Karen.

A tropical storm warning has been issued from the Louisiana coast to the panhandle of Florida.

Mississippi, Louisiana, and Florida governors have declared a state of emergency, urging residents to prepare for winds, heavy rains, and flooding.

Residents from Hancock County, Miss., worry problems with the new levee around New Orleans could cause excessive flooding. Residents blame the levee for past floods, and say it's getting worse.

"Quite honestly I don't know how much longer we can take it," Bayou LaCroix resident Christopher Vosbein said.

Another resident, Kenny Rothwell, has learned from past storms.

"You can't wait to the last minute or you're going to run out of time," he said.

Off the coast, oil rigs are evacuating non-essential personnel and securing platforms. The National Hurricane Center said Karen could reach hurricane strength Friday.

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