Originally published on Thu October 3, 2013 1:07 pm
Newly formed Tropical Storm Karen, which could reach hurricane strength by Friday, is expected to make landfall on the U.S. Gulf Coast sometime over the weekend.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami says the late-season storm formed Thursday morning about 485 miles south of the Mississippi Delta, with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph. It was moving north-northwest at 12 mph, but was expected to speed up.
Forecasters say it will make landfall in the U.S. either Saturday or Sunday.
Tropical Storm Gabrielle is hitting Puerto Rico today with 40-mile-per-hour winds and heavy rains.
Gabrielle is the seventh named storm of the season, but so far there hasn’t been a single hurricane — even though we’re about to enter what’s usually considered the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season.
So how rare is this?
Dennis Feltgen, meteorologist and spokesman for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Hurricane Center, says it’s rare but not unheard of.
Gulf Monitoring Consortium report calls for changes.
A coalition of environmental groups is recommending tougher regulations on oil facilities to prevent possible leaks after severe storms. The group looked at damage reports filed after Hurricane Isaac last year.
Federal furloughs caused by sequestration could ground "Hurricane Hunter" aircraft, depriving forecasters of real-time measurements of storms during what's expected to be an especially active Atlantic hurricane season.
The National Hurricane Center has released updated advisories and forecast maps for Tropical Storm Chantal, which formed in the Atlantic over the weekend.
The forecast map above is the projected track of the storm over the next five days, and includes the areas currently under storm watches and warnings. The "cone of uncertainty" on the map indicates the possible locations of the storm's center over time, not the total size of the storm or the extent of the storm's impact.