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10.3.13 Karen Forms, Eyes Gulf Coast

Tropical Storm Karen formed in the Gulf of Mexico this morning, and will head towards the Northern Gulf Coast by this weekend.
The 12th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season formed today in the southern Gulf of Mexico. An air force reconnaissance plane found the storm to have winds of 60 mph.

Over the next several days Karen will move northward, strengthening while it does so. The storm will likely make landfall as either a Tropical Storm or Hurricane sometime this weekend along the Northern Gulf Coast. For that reason, a Hurricane Watch and Tropical Storm Watch are in effect for the Northern Gulf Coast from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle. A watch means that tropical storm or hurricane conditions are possible within 48 hours. The watches do not include New Orleans.

Once the storm makes landfall, what's left of it will likely merge with a front and move generally northeastward. Kerrin wrote an in-depth blog about its potential impacts to us last night- it's worth checking out.
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