Gulf Coast Hurricane this weekend?

1A pretty intense tropical low pressure system is spinning just off the coast of Cancun, Mexico. It’s a large system in size, but with respect to true tropical characteristics, it’s weak. An Air Force Hurricane Hunter aircraft inspected the storm Wednesday night and didn’t find a tight circulation at the surface. Once that happens it will become a tropical storm. Where will it go? No question about it: North!

Here’s a look at what our models are doing to the system (which will likely be Tropical Storm Karen) on Thursday. There’s a chance Karen could become a2 Category 1 hurricane by the time it nears the Gulf Coast Friday or Saturday. Heavy rain and flooding would be the biggest threats to the east of the center of circulation…most likely along the Florida Panhandle. -Eric

Links: National Hurricane Center: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov

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This post was written by qni_it on October 2, 2013

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