Tracking the Tropics

Oct 5, 2013 5:06 AM by Dave Baker

Karen Remains Weak

Tropical Storm Karen is still hanging on. All Watches/Warnings remain the same. Karen is now located at 27.1N 91.3W or about 180 miles south of Morgan City. Winds are 40mph and it's moving NNW at 8 mph.

Karen remains in an area of significant wind shear and strengthening is not likely. Karen is forecast by the National Hurricane Center to remain a weak tropical storm until landfall late today near the mouth of the Mississippi and a second landfall possible along the Florida/Alabama Gulf Coast.

Karen has slowed over the past 24 hours, and continues on a NNW path toward Louisiana. An upper level trough should give it a shove toward the northeast and as a cold front sweeps in from the northwest, Karen should accelerate toward the northeast bringing rain to parts of Florida, Georgia, and Alabama.

In Acadiana, minimal impacts are still expected. Slightly higher than normal tides, scattered squalls could bring some gusty winds, and a nice breeze should stick around for Saturday. Cooler and drier are slides in for Sunday.

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