The National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida officially initiated advisories on Tropical Storm Karen at 9:00 AM EDT this morning, with an initial intensity set at 60 MPH, and by the 11:00 AM Advisory her winds had increased to 65 MPH. Meteorologists are forecasting that Karen will become a minimal Category 1 Hurricane briefly before she makes landfall around the big bend of Florida to Alabama as we get into this weekend.
As of 2:00 PM Thursday, here is the official advisory from the National Hurricane Center:
...KAREN EXPECTED TO APPROACH THE NORTHERN GULF COAST ON SATURDAY...
Location: 22.9 North 88.2 West
About 430 Miles South of the Mouth of the Mississippi River
Maximum Sustained Winds: 65 MPH
Movement: North Northwest at 12 MPH
Pressure: 29.65 Inches
A Hurricane Watch is in effect for Grand Isle, Louisiana to Indian Pass, Florida
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for West of Grand Isle, Louisiana to East of Morgan City, Louisiana, Metropolitan New Orleans, Lake Maurepas & Lake Pontchartrain
A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area, and a watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of Tropical Storm Force Winds, conditions that make outside preparation difficult or dangerous.
A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm force conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.
Meteorologists at the National Weather Service Forecast Offices across the country, National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida and Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma are still working even though the Federal Government is partially shut down, as portions of NOAA have been deemed essential due to their mission to Protect Life and Property.
For more information on Tropical Storm Karen, click here to go to the National Hurricane Center's Website.
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