The National Hurricane Center has issued a hurricane watch from Grand Isle, La. east to Indian Pass, Fla. after Tropical Storm Karen formed between in Cuba and Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.
“Karen is expected to be at or near hurricane strength on Friday,” said the National Hurricane Center’s latest advisory. “Data from an air force reserve hurricane hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 65 mph, with higher gusts.”
Karen is currently moving north-nortwest up the Mexican coastline.
According to the NHC’s forecast, Karen is expected to make landfall on Saturday within the hurricane watch area. A tropical storm watch is also issued for the area west of Grand Isle, which includes the metropolitan area of New Orleans.
Hurricane watches are typically issued 48 hours before the first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds in an attempt to make outdoor storm preparations less dangerous; but means that hurricane conditions are possible within the area before then.
“Hurricane conditions are possible within portions of the hurricane watch area by Saturday morning… with tropical storm conditions possible by late Friday,” said the advisory.
Karen is expected to make landfall with the center passing right over the Andalusia, Ala. area and cut east toward the Carolinas.
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Hurricane and storm watch area residents should monitor their local weather station for updates. To follow the NCH and NOAA advisories about Tropical Storm Karen please visit NOAA's website or follow the link below.