T.S. Karen is trying - KALB-TV News Channel 5 & CBS 2

T.S. Karen is trying

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T.S. Karen is barely a tropical storm as she inches closer to the Louisiana coast. The National Hurricane Center is forecasting a turn almost due east.

There are quite a few reasons why it's not looking good for Karen. Currently, its main center of circulation is dislocated well away from the area of convection and rain. Ideally, these need to be vertically stacked. The storm is also surrounded by dry air which is the kiss of death to any hurricane or thunderstorm for that matter. As the hurricane heads east, my best judgment puts the storm into Terrebonne Bay and Port Fouchon, eventually crossing over the Mississippi River delta, and becoming a remnant low off the coast of Biloxi, Mobile, and Pensacola. The storm will bring significant rain to SE Louisiana, a potentially some gusty winds. As the criteria for a tropical storm dictates that sustained wind speeds need to greater than 39mph, Karen is currently at 40mph sustained. As Karen weakens to a depression, tropical storm strength gusts are still possible along the coast.

We should not feel much of the effects of Karen here in Cenla. Our southern parishes may experience the extra moisture, and slightly wetter and more breezy conditions, however as a cold front makes its way through Sunday morning, it will help push all of this tropical system away from us, thus lowering the humidity and cooling us down quite a bit. Stay tuned to KALB News Channel 5 for the latest updates with this storm and catch my forecast tonight at 10.

Elsewhere, the tropics are quiet. You can also check out our hurricane page here.

Robert Gauthreaux III



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