Storm Stalls Ahead Of Hitting Gulf Coast Saturday Afternoon

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The remnants of Tropical Storm Karen are expected to affect the Tri-State Area next week, but only in the form of a rainy day.

CBS 2 Meteorologist Vanessa Murdock reported Saturday morning that the tropical storm – which will no longer be classified as a tropical storm once it arrives in the area – will bring added moisture beginning Monday into Tuesday.

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The precipitation is expected to amount to 0.5 inches to 1 inch of rain, in conjunction with a cold front.

The wet weather was expected to continue through the day on Tuesday.

On Saturday, the storm weakened and stalled as it approached the Gulf Coast, but forecasters were still expecting it to bring significant rain and potential flooding to low-lying areas.

The storm was expected to resume moving north and be near or over portions of southeastern Louisiana on Saturday night and Sunday. But as of midday, Karen had not moved for a few horus.

But forecasters continue to expect it to turn toward the northeast by Saturday night, then speed up into Sunday. They say the storm is likely to pass near the coasts of Mississippi and Alabama on Sunday.

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As of Saturday morning, Karen was a minimal tropical storm, with winds of 40 mph, and whether it even retained its status as a tropical storm remains to be seen, WFOR-TV, Miami meteorologist David Bernard reported on “CBS This Morning.”

But a tropical storm warning was issued for parts of Louisiana. A tropical storm watch was also in effect for metropolitan New Orleans, Lake Maurepas, Lake Pontchartrain, and from east of the mouth of the Pearl River to Indian Pass, Fla., CBS News reported.

In what had been a slow hurricane season, Karen would be the second named storm to make landfall in the U.S. — the first since Tropical Storm Andrea hit Florida in June. Andrea also brought a daylong rain storm that soaked the Tri-State Area.

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