Tropical Storm Karen watches dropped

Published: Sunday, October 6, 2013 at 04:28 PM.

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida State Emergency Response Team returns to normal operations following the downgrade of Tropical Storm Karen. On Oct. 6 at 8:30 a.m. the State Emergency Operations Center transitioned backed to Level Three operations following the latest report from the National Hurricane Center.

“Tropical Storm Karen became a tropical depression overnight. The State Emergency Operations Center returned to Level Three, normal operations this morning,” said FDEM Director Bryan Koon. “Citizens along the Florida panhandle should continue to monitor local weather reports, listen to warnings regarding rip currents, and other potential hazards.”

Governor Rick Scott said on Saturday, “As Tropical Storm Karen continues to disorganize, families should still use today as an opportunity to get ready. Communities along the panhandle are expected to experience heavy rains, and storm surges are predicted for our coastal regions. We’ll continue to work closely with local and federal partners to ensure our communities are safe.”    

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