Tropical Storm Karen could bring rain to NC next week

Posted October 3, 2013
Updated October 4, 2013

— Tropical Storm Karen, which formed Thursday morning in the Gulf of Mexico, could bring rainfall to central North Carolina next week, according to WRAL meteorologists.

The storm has maximum sustained winds of 65 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. It was about 1,100 miles south-southwest of Raleigh at 10 p.m. and was moving north-northwest at about 12 mph.

As it moves north into the Gulf from the area between the Yucatan Peninsula and Cuba, Karen is expected to gain strength before making landfall along the Gulf Coast. Hurricane and flags Track Tropical Storm Karen

"This is a storm we're going to have to keep a close eye on for the next several days," said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner. "We're not thinking it will have a major impact on the Triangle aside from some rainfall, but it's really too early to know."

WRAL meteorologist Nate Johnson said some rain was likely by Sunday evening. "It's Monday and Tuesday that look more interesting," he said.

"What this tropical system could end up doing is bumping up our rainfall totals as the cold front moves through," Gardner said.

The National Weather Service issued tropical storm and hurricane watches for major portions of the Gulf Coast at about 9 a.m., warning residents from Louisiana to Florida about the storm's path and possible impact.

The hurricane watch was in effect from Grand Isle, La., to Indian Pass, Fla. A tropical storm watch also was in effect for parts of the Louisiana coast west of Grand Isle, including the metro New Orleans area and Lake Pontchartrain.

After the storm makes landfall along the Gulf Coast, it could combine with a cold front that should move across the eastern half of the country over the weekend. 


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  • SomewhereLeftOfRTP Oct 4, 2013

    Thank you, JohnFLob, for reminding us what's REALLY important in any weather-related story -- political axe-grinding.

  • liskm Oct 3, 2013

    I for one am looking forward to some rain, just not in one of those surprise catastrophic proportions. Sometimes the milder ones cause more havoc or end up where they aren't SUPPOSE to go, hello NJ,NY from the naysayers...

  • JohnFLob Oct 3, 2013

    This is ALL Gores favorite, a "K" storm. Half the world will disappear under unprecedented tidal waves and storm surges.

    We must give the IPCC credit, they were able to synchronize the release of their latest pontifications with a hurricane threat to the Gulf Coast.

  • LovemyPirates Oct 3, 2013

    Some people have shrubbery and flowers, so yes we do need rain.

  • busyb97 Oct 3, 2013

    "First off you Don't need the rain,water table is up"

    That doesn't help plants at the surface much does it?

    And to those mocking Yankee's comment, I think there was some sarcasm there, not actual seriousness.

  • ThomasL Oct 3, 2013

    First off you Don't need the rain,water table is up.Second your grass is fixing to go dormant for winter.Third this will only knock the fall leaves to the ground which will hurt tourism in the mountain areas.Hope it swings way left or way right to sea.

  • Relic Oct 3, 2013

    Why is WRAL reporting this and CNN has announced that there are Hurricane Warnings up along the Gulf Coast? (Say goodbye to $3.19 per gallon gas, NC).

  • Obamacare for everyone Oct 3, 2013

    Does this mean it's time to check the batteries in my smoke alarm?

  • tedfairburn2 Oct 3, 2013

    I agree with "just one opinion" gas will go up and there may even be a shortage

  • LovemyPirates Oct 3, 2013

    We need the rain but no wind.