Tropical Storm Karen strengthens; hurricane watch in effect

Published: Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 03:35 PM.

“People are definitely going to want to start getting ready …” Lamers said. “It’s about 48 to 72 hours away, so that’s not a lot of time.”

The Red Cross has a complete of items needed for a storm preparedness kit at

“Now is the time to make sure that basic preparedness supplies are in place and vehicle fuel tanks are full,” said Bob Pearce, director of the Red Cross in the Panhandle.

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