EMA hoping for best but preparing for worst as Tropical Storm Karen approaches

Alabama officials are hoping for the best but preparing for the worst as Tropical Karen approaches the coast.

Friday morning, Alabama Emergency Management Agency Director Art Faulkner said federal, state and local officials are prepared for whatever Karen brings.

"What we do is we look at do we need to move any equipment or resources down on the coast or into another area," said Faulkner. "We're just looking at the logistics of making sure everything and everybody is in place really for a worst-case scenario."

Governor Robert Bentley declared a state of emergency across the state in anticipation of heavy rains and high winds from the storm.

Tornadoes are also possible.