Karen Disorganized, Still on Track for U.S. Coast

9:52 PM, Oct 4, 2013   |    comments
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(WLTX) - Tropical Storm Karen continues to weaken and lose organization, but the storm is still expected to be a rainmaker for the southeastern U.S.--including our state.

Currently, Karen has maximum sustained winds of 45 miles an hour, which is down from its peak intensity of 65 miles an hour.

Projections now indicate that Karen will not get much stronger, if at all, before it reaches the Gulf Coast on Saturday night.

The thinking on where it will go has not changed significantly in the last day, but the timing has slowed down. Models show the storm moving generally to the north, just off the Louisiana coast, then moving sharply to the northeast and making landfall in Alabama. It will then push on into Georgia. By Monday, it's expected to be in South Carolina.

By the time it arrives here, however, it's expected to be a tropical depression or post-tropical.

"It looks like we may get some pretty good rains out of this," says News19 Chief Meteorologist Jim Gandy. "One of the computer models that we're looking at is showing a half an inch to two inches of rain possible on Monday as this system comes through."

News19's meteorologists will continue to track the storm, with updates here on WLTX and on-air. You can also get the latest information with the following methods:

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