Karen Weakens, Heads Toward Gulf Coast

12:59 PM, Oct 4, 2013   |    comments
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(WLTX) - Tropical Storm Karen has gotten weaker as it moves toward the U.S. Gulf Coast.

As of Friday afternoon, the system is moving north-northwestward at 10 MPH in the Gulf of Mexico. It has maximum sustained winds of 50 MPH, down from the 65 MPH winds it had Thursday night.

Later today Karen is expected to turn north and slow down its forward speed. Karen is still expected to make landfall as a tropical storm very late Saturday night along the Gulf coast.

Karen will weaken as it moves onshore but is forecasted to move northeastward towards South Carolina by the end of the weekend. Right now the main impact for Columbia will be a half inch to an inch of rainfall.

News19 Meteorologist Amy Aaronson says the amount of rain Columbia gets will depend on the speed and strength of Karen when it reaches South Carolina late Sunday into Monday.

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