State, Coast Officials Preparing in Case Storm Targets Miss.

UNDATED (AP) Officials stepped up monitoring and preparations as a storm system off the coast of Florida threatens to approach areas still recovering from Hurricane Katrina.

The National Weather Service says conditions are becoming favorable for a subtropical or a tropical system to form as the storm moves westward in the Gulf of Mexico.

Computer models today show possible tracks into areas from near the Florida-Alabama line into Mississippi or Louisiana.

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