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We made it – it’s Friday and a beautiful weekend is ahead. Get out there and enjoy it, because early next week we could have more than just a little rain on our hands.

What happens when a hurricane hits the U.S. during a federal government shutdown? Eight years after Katrina, I’m a little concerned. The National Hurricane Center predicts that Tropical Storm Karen will hit the Gulf Coast at hurricane strength on Saturday.

The White House recalled some FEMA workers who are furloughed to help deal with the storm. Not clear from press accounts is whether or not those employees will be paid for their work.

In Florida, half of the members of the National Guard are not working, which will compromise their ability to respond to the effects of a hurricane.

The Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang has a great post up about all weather-related services affected by the federal government shutdown.

If you’re a weather geek like me, check out some of my favorite weather websites that are designed to make you (okay, me) feel like a bona fide meteorologist:

Have a great weekend!

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