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Posted: Saturday, 05 October 2013 12:55PM

Trop. Storm Karen stalls



Tropical Storm Karen has stalled in the Gulf of Mexico 130 miles south of Morgan City, but the National Hurricane Center still expects the system to move near or over portions of southeastern Louisiana tonight and Sunday. 

Forecasters still expect the center will move north, and then northeast, making landfall early Sunday  and then moving inland across coastal areas of Southeast Louisiana 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 the 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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