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Tropical Storm Karen is headed toward the Gulf Coast this weekend, likely taking a similar path to the one that devastating Hurricane Katrina took in 2005.
But Karen, which formed Thursday morning, should make landfall Saturday somewhere between New Orleans and Pensacola, Fla., as a far weaker storm.
Karen is the 11th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season. Only two of the storms have become hurricanes.
Late Thursday, Karen had winds of 65 mph. It was located about 400 miles south of the mouth of the Mississippi River and moving north-northwest at 12 mph.
Katrina, the most destructive hurricane in U.S. history, killed more than 1,800 people and did more than $100 billion damage. Karen is not forecast to hit as a hurricane, though it could briefly become a hurricane before making landfall, reports AccuWeather.
A tropical storm becomes a hurricane when its winds reach 74 mph.
A tropical storm warning was issued Thursday from Grand Isle, La., to the mouth of the Pearl River, which forms the border between Louisiana and Mississippi. A hurricane watch also has been posted from Grand Isle, La.