Karen weakens, no longer looks like tropical storm

Published: Oct. 5, 2013 at 9:31 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 12, 2013 at 9:36 AM CDT
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Tropical Storm Karen remains a weak and unorganized storm with maximum winds reported by the National Hurricane Center as 40 mph. However, buoy reports are not showing the strongest winds near the center, which is about 180 miles south of Morgan City.

Some of the strongest winds, in excess of 30-38 mph, are just off the coast of Louisiana.

Usually when a storm's wind field spreads out from the center, it is losing tropical characteristics and could perhaps now be classified as "Extra-Tropical."

This isn't just semantics with the storm name. Now the center line of the projected path is less important. The strongest winds are no longer near the center and are actually near the LA coast. Also with the shear in the Gulf of Mexico, the heaviest thunderstorms, which are not very impressive, are displaced by about 75 miles to the east.

So even if the center of Karen were to pass directly over the mouth of the river or elsewhere in lower Plaquemines, the actual thunderstorms would remain well offshore and the strongest winds would likely be elsewhere.

A cold front is still on the way for Sunday ushering in cooler and less humid air by the start of the work week!