Gulf Coast weather

National Weather Service

Officials are warning people to stay out of the surf along Alabama's coast because of dangerous conditions ahead of tropical storm Karen.

Safety officials are flying double red flags at Gulf Shores because of treacherous rip currents, and they say conditions will only get worse through the day on Thursday.

Alabama's two coastal counties and nearly the entire northern Gulf Coast are under a hurricane watch. The latest forecast track shows the storm could come ashore in Alabama late Saturday or early Sunday.