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Posted: Saturday, 05 October 2013 10:10AM

Karen forecast to hit Louisiana as a depression

The National Hurricane Center says there's been a dramatic shift in the path for Tropical Storm Karen.

The Hurricane Center now says the center will make landfall tomorrow morning near Port Fourchon and then move inland across Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes before heading toward St. Bernard Parish and back over the Gulf.

It is barely a tropical storm now with a small area near the center with top winds of 40 miles per hour.

"They are expecting this to weaken," said WWL TV Meteorologist Laura Buchtel.  

She forecasts it will likely be a tropical depression as it moves across Southeast Louisiana.  Buchtel also says it is good news for Louisiana that all of the showers and thunderstorms associated with Karen are far from the center.

"Most of the rain will be well south of us when it does move in," she explained.

That means that while gusty winds will spread across Southeast Louisiana, the rains will mostly stay offshore.

The Hurricane Center says system will then head over the GUlf again briefly before making a second landfall in Alabama or Florida.

"It should stay a depression as it moves into Mobile Bay," according to Buchtel.

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