New Orleans is still expected to receive up to 4 inches of rain and winds of 25 to 35 mph this weekend as Tropical Storm Karen comes ashore on the Gulf Coast, meterologists said Friday morning.
The city remains under a tropical-storm watch, but Karen’s maximum winds have slowed to around 50 mph as the storm continues its northward trek through the Gulf of Mexico, according to the 10 a.m. forecast from the National Hurricane Center. The system’s forward progress has also slowed, forecasters report, but much of the impact is still expected from Friday night to Saturday night.
The current forecast track calls for Karen to graze the southeastern tip of the Louisiana coast at 1 a.m. Sunday, then track farther to the northeast before making landfall around Gulf Shores, Ala.
The next update is expected at 1 p.m.