Oct 4, 2013 2:44 PM by Daniel Phillips
As Tropical Storm Karen continues to move across the Gulf of Mexico there have been a few changes to the watches and warning on Thursday.
A Tropical Storm WARNING will be in effect from Morgan City to Grand Isle, as well as the coastal waters from Intracoastal City to the mouth of the Atchafalaya River. Sustained tropical storm force winds are expected to arrive early Saturday morning with seas gradually rising into Sunday.
A Tropical Storm WATCH is in effect for St. Tammany, Ascension, Livingston, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Charles, Upper Jefferson, Orleans, Upper Plaquemines, St. Bernard, and Upper Tangipahoa Parishes. This will include Lakes Maurepas and Pontchartrain and the city of New Orleans.
A Hurricane WATCH will be in effect from Grand Isle to west of Destin, Fl. This watch means hurricane conditions are possible with in the area, although it may be downgraded later this weekend.
Closer to Acadiana a Coastal Flood Advisory will be in place for Vermillion, Iberia, St. Mary, Cameron, and Jefferson Parishes. Tides may be 1-2 feet above normal, be on the look out for minor flooding along the coast.
Both Grand Isle and Plaquemines Parish are under a mandatory evacuation.
Tropical Storm Karen as of the 1:00 pm update on Friday had winds sustained at 50 mph, gusting up to 65 mph, with a minimum pressure of 1003 mb. Movement is to the NW at 9 mph, so slightly slower then earlier this week. The storm should shift to the north early Saturday and gradually turn northeast by Sunday morning.
Keep it tuned to KATC-TV 3 on-air, on-line, and on your mobile device for the latest information regarding Tropical Storm Karen.