A hurricane watch was issue this morning from Louisiana to Florida after Tropical Storm Karen formed in the Gulf of Mexico.
Bloomberg reports that the storm is currently located east of Cuba and about 500 miles south of Louisiana. Tropical Storm Karen has 60 mph winds and is moving north-northwest at 13 mph.
Karen is expected to gain strength over the next 48 hours. it should become a hurricane this weekend.
National Hurricane Center writes: “Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours and Karen is expected to be at or near hurricane strength on Friday.”
David Zelinsky, a hurricane center meteorologist, said that he expected Tropical Storm Karen to become a hurricane but added that he didn’t believe that it would grow to a class 2 or 3 hurricane.
Zelinsky said: “Our forecast calls for it to be right around the border of a hurricane and a tropical storm.”
Regardless of Karen’s classification, gulf coast residence can expect a lot of rainfall over the next few days.
Grand Isle Mayor David Camardelle, said: “Hopefully, this one is just a little rain event… We don’t need a big storm coming at us this late in the season.”
CNN reports that FEMA has already recalled some workers who were furloughed during the government shutdown just in case the storm is bigger than expected.
The agency said in a statement: “At all times, FEMA maintains commodities, including millions of liters of water, millions of meals and hundreds of thousands of blankets, strategically located at distribution centers throughout the United States, including in the Gulf Coast region, that are available to state and local partners if needed and requested.”