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Washington - The Federal Emergency Management Agency says it is recalling 86 percent of its 4,300 furloughed employees due to Tropical Storm Karen.

The employees were furloughed due to the government shutdown.

"Gulf Coast resident in potentially impacted areas should take steps now to be prepared and follow the direction of local officials," said FEMA administrator Craig Fugate.

The National Weather Service office in Charleston said they are not affected by the shutdown either.

"We're called excepted employees meaning that we come to work, and we continue our mission because our mission is protection of life and property," said Ron Morales with the National Weather Service.

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