Karen weakening, remains a minimal tropical storm - WAFF-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Huntsville, AL

Karen weakening, remains a minimal tropical storm

According to the National Hurricane Center's 1 p.m. CT forecast, Tropical Storm Karen is expected to make landfall Saturday somewhere between Louisiana and the Florida Panhandle. (Source: National Weather Service) According to the National Hurricane Center's 1 p.m. CT forecast, Tropical Storm Karen is expected to make landfall Saturday somewhere between Louisiana and the Florida Panhandle. (Source: National Weather Service)
The Destin Seafood Festival is one of the events that has been canceled because of the storm threat. (Source: WEAR/CNN) The Destin Seafood Festival is one of the events that has been canceled because of the storm threat. (Source: WEAR/CNN)

(RNN) - Tropical Storm Karen continues to weaken in the Gulf and is now a minimal tropical storm.

The latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center shows Karen is producing 40 mile per hour winds, down from 45 miles per hour.

Wind shear is taking its toll on the storm and the National Weather Service says tropical storms rarely recover after being so damaged by wind shear.

If Karen's winds drop to 38 miles per hour, she'll be declared a tropical depression.

The storm's forward speed has slowed, which is expected to cause a turn to the northeast. Karen is moving a 7 miles per hour toward the north-northwest.

Tropical storm force winds stretched out 140 miles from the center.

A hurricane watch has been downgraded to a tropical storm watch from Grand Isle, LA and is in effect to west of Destin, FL.

A tropical storm watch is also in effect for metropolitan New Orleans, Lake Maurepas, Lake Pontchartrain and Destin, FL, to Indian Pass, FL.

Storm surge could impact the immediate coast near and to the east of the expected landfall site, which is expected anywhere from east Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle.

Strong winds, heavy rainfall and the potential for localized flooding extend far inland over the southeastern U.S.

In response to the oncoming storm, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley declared states of emergency. Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared an emergency in 18 counties.

The storm is expected to produce one to three inches of rain along the Gulf Coast and the Southeast through Monday, with isolated amounts of up to six inches possible in some places.

Some Federal Emergency Management Agency were taken off of furlough Thursday to help respond to Karen.

Copyright 2013 Raycom News Network. All rights reserved.

bout 295 miles (470 kilometers) south of the mouth of the Mississippi River
  • Inside WAFFMore>>

  • Hurricane Wind Speeds

    Hurricane Wind Speeds

    Monday, September 28 2015 1:44 PM EDT2015-09-28 17:44:02 GMT
    Tropical Depression38 miles per hour and lessTropical Storm39-73 miles per hourCategory 1 Hurricane74-95 miles per hourCategory 2 Hurricane 96-110 miles per hourCategory 3 Hurricane 111-129 miles per hourCategoryMore >>
    Hurricanes are categorized by their wind speeds. The following is a look at the wind speeds it takes to produce a storm.More >>
  • Cleanup begins after AlbertoHurricane season 2018More>>

  • How do you count deaths from a hurricane?

    How do you count deaths from a hurricane?

    Tuesday, June 12 2018 6:37 PM EDT2018-06-12 22:37:10 GMT
    Friday, June 15 2018 1:21 PM EDT2018-06-15 17:21:30 GMT
    (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa). FILE - In this Friday, June 1, 2018 file photo, a child shines a light on hundreds of shoes at a memorial for those killed by Hurricane Maria, in front of the Puerto Rico Capitol in San Juan. In June 2018, two bills were intr...(AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa). FILE - In this Friday, June 1, 2018 file photo, a child shines a light on hundreds of shoes at a memorial for those killed by Hurricane Maria, in front of the Puerto Rico Capitol in San Juan. In June 2018, two bills were intr...
    Puerto Rico's hurricane death count revives debate about how to count disaster-related deaths.More >>
    Puerto Rico's hurricane death count revives debate about how to count disaster-related deaths.More >>
  • Puerto Rico issues new data on Hurricane Maria deaths

    Puerto Rico issues new data on Hurricane Maria deaths

    Tuesday, June 12 2018 5:46 PM EDT2018-06-12 21:46:27 GMT
    Thursday, June 14 2018 8:50 PM EDT2018-06-15 00:50:17 GMT
    (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti). Nerybelle Perez poses with a portrait of her father, World War II veteran Efrain Perez, who died inside an ambulance after being turned away from the largest public hospital when it had no electricity or water, days after Hurr...(AP Photo/Carlos Giusti). Nerybelle Perez poses with a portrait of her father, World War II veteran Efrain Perez, who died inside an ambulance after being turned away from the largest public hospital when it had no electricity or water, days after Hurr...
    Puerto Rico requests more time, issues only a portion of data related to all deaths reported after Hurricane Maria amid outcry.More >>
    Puerto Rico requests more time, issues only a portion of data related to all deaths reported after Hurricane Maria amid outcry.More >>
  • Puerto Rican Day Parade displays post-hurricane pride

    Puerto Rican Day Parade displays post-hurricane pride

    Sunday, June 10 2018 2:32 PM EDT2018-06-10 18:32:52 GMT
    Monday, June 11 2018 8:58 AM EDT2018-06-11 12:58:14 GMT
    (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki). FILE - In this June 11, 2017 file photo, a man rolls on a hover-board along Fifth Avenue during the National Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York.  Amid all the fun and celebration planned for this years parade on Sunday, June...(AP Photo/Andres Kudacki). FILE - In this June 11, 2017 file photo, a man rolls on a hover-board along Fifth Avenue during the National Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York. Amid all the fun and celebration planned for this years parade on Sunday, June...
    The National Puerto Rican Parade has kicked off in New York City with participants honoring heroes who have been helping the island recover from the devastation of Hurricane Maria.More >>
    The National Puerto Rican Parade has kicked off in New York City with participants honoring heroes who have been helping the island recover from the devastation of Hurricane Maria.More >>
Powered by Frankly