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Tropical Storm Karen threatens flooding along Gulf Coast

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on October 4, 2013

Tropical Storm Karen threatens flooding along Gulf Coast Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in 18 Florida Panhandle counties in preparation for Tropical Storm Karen.

Scott signed the order Thursday evening.

Tropical Storm Karen 8 p.m. Thursday advisory

OUTLOOK: Karen could produce more than a foot of rain and a dangerous storm surge in eastern Louisiana as well as the Florida Panhandle.


Potentially, it could hit as a hurricane. For now, the system is forecast to make landfall as a strong tropical storm along the North Gulf Coast on Saturday night, with squally weather moving in earlier in the day.

WHAT FLORIDA CAN EXPECT: The storm should have little impact on South and Central Florida, as its core is expected to remain well to the west.

Along the North Gulf Coast, the system threatens to produce a storm surge of up to 4 feet above normal tide levels, with the highest waters east of the landfall point.

FLORIDA ALERTS: A hurricane watch has been posted from Grand Isle, La., to west of Destin, on Florida’s Panhandle.

PARTICULARS: If the projected path holds, the system would remain about 575 miles west of Miami on Friday as it moves north in the Gulf. Its tropical-storm-force winds extend about 140 miles from its center.

Karen is the 11th named storm of the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season. On average, the 11th system emerges on Nov. 23.

LOCATION: About 400 miles south of the mouth of the Mississippi River

STRENGTH: 65 mph sustained winds

MOVEMENT: Northwest at 12 mph
OTHER SYSTEMS: What was once Tropical Storm Jerry has fallen apart in the central Atlantic.

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