Tropical Storm Karen Stalls, Expected To Stay Mostly Offshore

Oct 5, 2013

Tropical Storm Karen's projected path.
Credit National Hurricane Center

Tropical storm Karen weakened more overnight, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The storm, now with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph, and moving north at just 2 mph, has been sheared apart by dry Gulf winds and is being steered further by a cold front moving eastward through the central US.

Karen is expected to make a turn to the northeast tonight, passing near or over portions of Southeast Louisiana tonight and Sunday. On Sunday the storm is expected to turn to the east-northeast and increase in speed, moving just south of the coast from Alabama to the Florida Panhandle from Sunday night into Monday.

The center of the storm is currently located about 115 miles south of Morgan City, La., or about 170 miles southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River. Revised forecasts now predict accumulations of between 1 to 3 inches of rain over portions of the central Gulf Coast and southeastern US, mainly near and to the right of the path of the center of the storm. However, isolated totals of up to 6 inches are possible.

Karen's tropical storm-force winds currently extend outward up to 35 miles, primarily to the east and southeast of the storm's center.

A Tropical Storm Warning in in effect for:

  • Grand Isle, LA to the mouth of the Pearl River

All Tropical Storm Watches have been discontinued.

The City of New Orleans is requesting residents call 311 to request severe weather preparedness information. Residents can also visit for more information.

Stay tuned to 89.9 WWNO for immediate updates on Tropical Storm Karen as the situation develops.

This post has been updated.