Columbia (WACH/NHC) -- Activity in the Gulf of Mexico is heating up as the 11th named storm of the hurricane season developed today.
Karen weaked slightly overnight Thursday and now packs winds of 50 mph as of 9:30 p.m. Friday, with gusts up to 63 mph, and is located 270 miles south of Louisiana. Karen is currently stationary and has been for the last few hours, but is expected to resume a northwest path around 7 mph later tonight.
As the storm stays over the gulf some strengthening is possible Saturday night and Sunday.
The projected path so far takes the storm on a northeastward path through the gulf, with the main areas impacted being gulf coast states.
Timing of landfall looks to be Saturday afternoon.
Hurricane watches have been discontinued at 5:00 p.m. Friday, but tropical storm watches and warnings continue for the Gulf coast from Louisiana to the Florida panhandle.
The main impacts of Karen should remain along the Gulf, but tropical moisture will move into South Carolina Sunday night-Monday morning.