Tropical Storm Karen's projected path is is tracking towards the U.S. Gulf Coast this weekend, with a hurricane watch now in effect from Grand Isle, La. to Destin, FL.
The greatest threats during the weekend of Oct. 4, 2013 are the areas from Louisiana to the Florida panhandle.
The following hurricane watches and tropical storm warnings were put in place by the National Weather Service as of 7 a.m. ET on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013.
- Grand Isle, La. to Destin, FL. (metropolitan New Orleans not included)
Tropical Storm Warning:
- Grand Isle, La. to the mouth of the Pearl River
Tropical Storm Watch:
- Metropolitan New Orleans, Lake Ponchartrain and Lake Maurepas, as well as the Gulf Coast from west of Grand Isle to east of Morgan City, La. In addition, a watch is in effect from Destin to Indian Pass, FL.
What can you expect if you are in Tropical Storm Karen's watch and warning areas? Weather.com reports that those who are in the projected path should prepare for the following:
- Strong winds, particularly near the landfall point (landfall point still uncertain at this time)
- Heavy rainfall of 3 inches or more and the potential for localized freshwater flooding, extending inland over the Southeast.
- Storm surge resulting in coastal flooding near and to the east of the eventual landfall point.
- Water heights above ground could reach 3 to 5 feet in some areas.
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