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Karen slowly drifting North in Gulf of Mexico

Posted at 10:04 PM, Oct 04, 2013
and last updated 2014-05-02 08:17:42-04

As of right now Karen is located over 400 miles away from the Tallahassee area. Its expected path continues to place most of the central Gulf Coast in its target.

Currently the storm has sustained winds at 50 mph gusting up to 65 mph. This storm is not expected to change much in intensity over the next 24 hours.

 Locally we won't begin to see impacts until later Sunday night and into early Sunday morning. The current forecast track shows potential landfall between the Louisiana delta region and the eastern Florida panhandle as a slightly stronger tropical storm on Sunday morning.  As Karen is pushed northeastward by an approaching cold front, the remnants will combine with the front, spreading moisture and rain over Alabama, Georgia, and the Carolinas early next week.

We will see the biggest impact from Karen Saturday night into Sunday. These  impacts will include locally heavy rain (especially in western areas), possible gusty winds, and surf levels up to two feet higher than normal.  

Current watches and warnings for this system include: 

A tropical storm warning for Morgan City, LA to the mouth of the Pearl River, and a tropical storm watch for metropolitan New Orleans, Lake Maurepas, Lake Ponchartrain, and east of the Pearl river to Indian Pass, FL. 

There are no watches or warnings for the immediate WTXL viewing area. 

Stay in touch with the Storm Team through our various communication outlets on TV, online, and through our weather app and social media for updates.