All eyes are on the Gulf of Mexico as we watch Tropical Storm Karen move towards the north. A Hurricane Watch is in effect for the areas of Grand Isle, Louisiana to near Destin, Florida.
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect from Grand Isle, Louisiana to the mouth of the Pearl River.
Data from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter Aircraft confirmed the formation of Tropical Storm Karen this morning with with of 60 mph.
She has been moving towards the north today, and at 7PM Air Force aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds are near 65 mph.
Karen is located 480 miles south-southwest of Mobile, Alabama. She is moving towards the north-northwest at 12 mph.
A turn toward the north with a decrease in forward speed is expected during the next 48 hours. On the forecast track, the center of Karen is expected to be near the coast within the Hurricane Watch area on Saturday.
Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 140 miles, mainly to the north and east of the center.
NHC’s official track brings the center of Tropical Storm Karen into the Gulf Coast around Orange Beach, AL or Pensacola, FL Saturday night.
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