Oct 4, 2013 5:43 PM by Rob Perillo
Tropical Storm Karen's impact on Acadiana should be minimal with most of the worst weather with this system likely 100-150 miles to the southeast and east this weekend.
Based on the latest National Hurricane Center guidance the risk of tropical storm conditions should be rather low locally with breezy east-northeast winds near 10-15mph expected Saturday in most areas possibly increasing to 15-25mph winds Saturday night.
A few higher gusts will be possible in any scattered shower activity Acadiana sees with this system with highest gusts of 30-35mph possible mainly St Mary Parish Saturday night into Sunday morning.
Acadiana will be on the dry side of this system, but scattered tropical showers (50% chance) and a few weak squalls will be possible mainly into the Saturday evening/night time hours until a cool front arrives during the pre-dawn hours of Sunday.
In fact, winds may be more gusty behind the cool front Sunday as high pressure puts the squeeze on the tropical system to the east.
The radius of tropical storm force winds associated with Karen will likely clip Plaquemines Parish Saturday evening/night and then on to the Mobile/Pensacola/Panama City areas Sunday.
The heaviest rains, up to 5-10", will be most likely from the Florida Panhandle northeastward.
We'll be continuously monitoring the progress of Karen throughout the weekend so stay with katc.com and our social media pages for the latest.