Tropical Depression Karen Dissipates
Tropical Storm Karen, steadily losing strength to dry Gulf air and shearing winds, and stalled for over a day off the coast, shrunk to a tropical depression late Saturday and then dissipated into a remnant storm Sunday morning.
The remnants of Karen are located about 85 miles southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River, moving east at about 13 mph with sustained winds topping out at 30 mph. The National Hurricane Center says the storm remnants will move in a generally eastward direction for the next day or two.
"Satellite imagery indicates that the center of Karen is no longer well defined," the NHC said in their final Karen advisory. "As a result... Karen is no longer a tropical cyclone."
No coastal storm watches or warnings are in effect.
The NHC cautions localized coastal flooding is still possible along portions of the Gulf Coast, and the remnants of Karen are expected to produce accumulations of 1 to 3 inches of rain over portions of the central Gulf Coast and southeastern states through Monday evening.
Parishes throughout southeast Louisiana have been canceling emergency, evacuation and curfew orders as the threat of the storm remnants continues to diminish.