Shrimp festival still on at the AL Gulf Coast - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Shrimp festival still on at the AL Gulf Coast

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Despite the looming presence of Tropical Storm Karen, officials with Orange Beach and Gulf Shores say next week's Shrimp Festival will still be held.

Tropical Storm Karen is expected to make landfall around Sunday somewhere between Pensacola and Biloxi. Herb Malone with Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism says the forecast is only calling for some coastal flooding and no major structural damage is expected. By Monday on the coast, the weather is expected to have cleared up tremendously.

Malone says the biggest threats from the storm are the high surf and rip currents. City officials have posted double red flags and are asking people to stay out of the water. All stores, shops and restaurants are expected to remain open throughout the rainy weekend.

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