Tropical Storm Karen to Make Landfall Sunday

On Saturday afternoon, Tropical Storm Karen was located near south Louisiana in the northern Gulf of Mexico. The storm had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph which barely classifies it as a tropical storm.

Karen has weakened thanks to dry air and wind shear prevalent to the storms west. Most of the thunderstorms associated with Karen are far to the east and southeast of the storm's center of circulation, which is a sign of poor orginazation.

The storm has become stationary as of 1:00pm central daylight time, but is expected to turn northeast, following the influence of a cold front.

Karen is forecast to make landfall as a tropical depression with maximum winds of 35 mph on Sunday morning in southeast Louisiana. Karen may briefly cross back into the Gulf just south of the coast before making a second landfall in south Alabama later on Sunday. The storm may bring periods of heavy rain to locations like New Orleans, Biloxi, Mobile, and Pensacola. Most of the rain with this storm could stay offshore over the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico since the storm has a history of only developing thunderstorms near its southeastern side when travelling north.

Tropical Storm Warnings remain in effect for coastal areas of south Louisiana. And Tropical Storm Watches continue for coastal Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida.

You can get the latest official information from the National Hurricane Center on Karen.

Tune into KTVE 10 News at 6pm and 10pm on Saturday to hear the latest info on Karen with Meteorologist Wesley Williams.

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