The U.S. National Hurricane Center says tropical storm Karen formed Thursday morning in the Gulf of Mexico. A hurricane watch is now in effect from Louisiana to Florida along the Gulf Coast.
According to David Bernard, CBS News hurricane consultant, the likely area for the storm to fall is just east of New Orleans to Pensacola. Bernard is the chief meteorologist at CBS-4 in Miami.
This late season storm has become the 11th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season.
The storm was located about 500 miles south of the Mississippi River and was moving north as of 8:00 a.m. The tropical storm has already developed winds of 60 mph.
Karen is expected to reach hurricane status before landfall. Once any tropical storm reaches winds of 74 mph it is qualified as a hurricane.
Louisiana coast of Grand Isle also has a tropical storm watch in effect; including the metro New Orleans area and Lake Pontchartrain.
Karen is moving north-northwest at a speed of 13 mph. Accordingly this tropical storm could be at or near hurricane strength by Friday.
Currently tropical storm and hurricane watches have been posted for the U.S. Gulf Coast from Florida to Louisiana.
By: Cherese Jackson (Virginia)