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By Kayleigh Klaustermeier | kklaustermeier@nbc10news.net

Published 10/03 2013 08:39AM

Updated 10/03 2013 09:25AM

 Tropical Storm Karen has formed in the Southeastern Gulf of Mexico. The National Hurricane Center upgraded “97-L” to Tropical Storm Karen Thursday morning.

Hurricane Watches are posted from Grand Isle, Louisiana to Indian Pass, Florida. Tropical Storm Watches have been posted from Grand Isle to New Orleans.  

Hurricane Hunters investigated Invest “97-L” late, Wednesday night. Latest data confirmed winds of 60 mile per hour with central pressure at 1004 mb. Karen is moving into the central Gulf of Mexico at 13 mph.  

The National Hurricane Center’s official forecast track does show possible landfall in Alabama as a tropical storm, early Sunday morning. Saturday, Karen could strengthen to a hurricane before weakening.  All ArkLaMiss locations should remain on the “Dry” side of Karen. Locations included in the Hurricane/Tropical Storm Watches should monitor this storm closely.

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