Hurricane storm trackers, Air Force Reserve and NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft, continue to track Tropical Storm Karen Friday as new Models suggest an easterly turn could happen before landfall. This would shift the expected landfall area from Mobile, AL to Panama City area of Florida.
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Data from the aircraft indicates maximum sustained winds for Tropical Storm Karen remains at 65 mph and was located about360 miles south of the mouth of the Mississippi River.
As of Thursday8 p.m.:
Moving:NNW at 12 mph
Min pressure: 999mb
Max sustained:65 mph
Watches and Warnings in effect:
A Hurricane Watch is in effect for:
* Grand Isle, Louisiana to west of Destin, Florida
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for:
* Grand Isle, Louisiana to the mouth of The Pearl River
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for:
* West of Grand Isle to east of Morgan City, Louisiana
* Metropolitan New Orleans
* Lake Maurepas
* Lake Pontchartrain
* Destin To Indian Pass Florida
We are expecting "Karen" could be at or near hurricane strength late Friday and early Saturday.