Karen heading toward the Gulf coast - WRBL

Karen heading toward the Gulf coast

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Late morning predicted track of Karen (from NHC) Late morning predicted track of Karen (from NHC)

Karen remains a strong tropical storm with maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour, according to the late morning advisory from the National Hurricane Center in Miami.  It has exhibited a north-northwestward movement during the morning.

The projected track of Karen has the storm brushing the MIssissippi River delta area in the early morning hours of Sunday, then veering northeast over water and striking the coast between Biloxi and Panama City later on Sunday.  Current projections have the storm very close to Columbus by midnight Monday.

If the storm does stay on the current forecast path, we can expect these effects starting Sunday:

  • Numerous heavy showers and possible thunderstorms in rain bands surrounding the low center.
  • Gusty winds near the weakening center of Karen.  Wind gusts of even 40 miles per hour can knock down trees, which might result in power outages.
  • In area to the right of the low's path, rain bands could produce short-lived, weak tornadoes.
  • Low barometer readings.  The air will be warm, humid, and tropical in nature. Flooding should not be a concern due to the rapid movement of the surface low as it gets caught up in an eastward-moving frontal zone.
  • By Monday, the remnants of Karen should be moving away from our area and we can look for improving conditions and some clearing.

Since forecasts will likely change, get updates from the FirstAlert Weather Team in regular on-air broadcasts, through social media and here on the WRBL web site.  Any severe weather bulletins will be broadcast over WRBL-DT.

Kurt Schmitz

Kurt joined WRBL's First Alert 3 staff in September 2011 after a 34-year career in television meteorology. More>>

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