TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — While it's too early to tell what impacts Tropical Storm Karen may bring to Florida, the National Hurricane Center anticipates that the storm could make a turn toward the Sunshine State.
As of their 5 a.m. advisory, Karen is moving toward the north at around 14 mph. This general motion is expected to continue this Wednesday morning.
A motion toward the north-northeast is forecast to occur by Wednesday afternoon and continue through Thursday. On the forecast track, the center of Karen will continue to move farther away from Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Wednesday through Thursday.
Karen will likely slow down/stall out this weekend in the western Atlantic. It could then dissipate. But if it survives, there is potential for a westward turn to Florida.
Even if it turns west, there's no guaranteed impact. Right now, local threat is highly unlikely, but worth watching for.
Forecasters will know more by the weekend once Karen slows/stalls and makes it's next move.
Hurricane Lorenzo has also formed a few hundred miles to the southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands.
Lorenzo is likely to become a major hurricane (Category 3 or greater) later this week but will bring no direct impacts to land through the next several days as it curves to the north in the central Atlantic.