GREENSBORO, NC -- Tropical Storm Karen developed Thursday morning in the southern Gulf of Mexico. As of the 8:00 pm Advisory on Thursday from the National Hurricane Center Karen remained a relatively strong tropical storm with winds of 65 mph as it moved to the north-northwest around 12 mph.
As of Thursday evening Karen was located about 360 miles south of the mouth of the Mississippi River. Through the day on Friday Karen is forecast to strengthen to around category one hurricane strength with winds around 75 mph. The storm is then expected to weaken slightly as it approaches the Gulf Coast Saturday night. As a result Tropical Storm Warnings and Hurricane Watches are in effect along the Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Florida.
Karen will likely move ashore somewhere between Mississippi and the Florida panhandle before moving northeast toward the Triad. The latest WFMY News 2 forecast calls for scattered showers possible late Sunday, but widespread moderate to heavy rainfall is expected through the day on Monday as Karen moves through.
Rainfall totals across the Triad from Sunday night through Tuesday could range between 1-2 inches with up to 3-4 inches possible in some locations over the mountains.
Rainfall will be the primary concern over the Triad as the remnants of Tropical Storm Karen move through, but breezy conditions will also be possible. In fact, even an isolated spin-up tornado cannot be completely ruled out over Central North Carolina.
Continue to check back with WFMY News 2 and digtriad.com as the forecast is likely to change as Tropical Storm Karen evolves and moves closer to the Gulf Coast. You can also find continued updates on the WFMY News 2 Hurricane Guide.
WFMY News 2 Weather