Karen's impact so far has been relatively minor

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - It's been a relatively normal morning for most South Mississippians.  Tropical Storm Karen is still in the Gulf of Mexico.  But, at this point, the storm hasn't had much of an impact on anybody's plans.

That's why Coast Transit Authority just announced it will operate its normal, fixed route bus service throughout the weekend.  A news release says CTA is coordinating closely with the Harrison County Emergency Management Agency to monitor weather conditions and will make adjustments to the fixed route service and provide assistance to the EMA as necessary.

Karen's biggest impact so far may be at area hotels.  This was supposed to be a big weekend for tourism.  Cruisin the Coast starts tomorrow.  And plenty of car buffs were arriving a few days early to enjoy the area.

But once Tropical Storm Karen formed, some of those plans changed.  A Biloxi hotel executive just told WLOX News he was optimistic Friday and Saturday would be sellouts.  But, people started to cancel their weekend getaways.  Suddenly, a property that was at least 80% booked this weekend saw reservations drop to just 50% last night, and 60% tonight.

Stay with WLOX News, WLOX.com, the WLOX and WLOX Weather Facebook pages for the latest on Tropical Storm Karen.  And be sure to download the WLOX and WLOX Weather apps so everything we know about the storm can be found in the palm of your hand.

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