The National Hurricane Center has put Mississippi under a hurricane watch. Forecasters say the possibility exists that as Tropical Storm Karen tracks closer to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the area will feel hurricane force winds and rain.
As a reminder, a hurricane watch means hurricane conditions are possible in the watch area. A watch is usually issued 48 hours before tropical storm force winds will be felt.
Earlier this morning, FEMA Director Craig Fugate sent out a tweet. It said that according to the Hurricane Hunters, Tropical Storm Karen formed in the southern Gulf of Mexico. And it's packing winds of 60 miles per hour.
Here's the 7:00am information on Tropical Storm Karen from the National Hurricane Center:
TROPICAL STORM CENTER LOCATED NEAR 22.0N 87.6W AT 03/1300Z
PRESENT MOVEMENT TOWARD THE NORTH-NORTHWEST OR 340 DEGREES AT 11 KT
ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE 1004 MB
MAX SUSTAINED WINDS 50 KT WITH GUSTS TO 60 KT.
Our WLOX 24/7 Weather team is monitoring the track and intensity of this storm. Meteorologists Mike Reader, Tommy Richards and Carrie Duncan will have updates throughout the morning on WLOX and on the WLOX Facebook page.
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