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Karen is gradually weakening (10/05/2013)

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Posted at 3:08 PM, Oct 05, 2013
and last updated 2014-05-02 08:17:41-04

Tropical storm Karen is gradually weakening in the Gulf of Mexico and is expected to be downgraded to a depression within the next 24 hours.

Karen is battling dry air and wind shear which aren't favorable conditions for intensification.

Currently the storm has maximum sustained winds at 40 mph, gusting up to 50 mph. The center of the storms is approximately 482 miles away from Tallahassee. This morning the storm was moving towards the N/NW but has recently stalled out just south of the Gulf coast. 

This storm is expected to make landfall near or over portions of southern Louisiana sometime late tonight or early tomorrow morning. 

Local impacts will begin to be felt late tonight and throughout tomorrow. Even though the center of the storm will be make landfall to the west of the viewing area, effects will still be felt locally because most of the clouds and showers are on the eastern side of this system. Local impacts include periods of heavy rain, gusty winds at times, a possible strong storm,and minor increase in coastal water levels. 

Stick with the Storm Team on our various modes of communication on-air, online, through social media, and with our Weather NOW app for the latest updates and information about Karen.