Tropical Storm Karen forms in the Gulf of Mexico - WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

Tropical Storm Karen forms in the Gulf of Mexico

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11 a.m. update:

Winds have increased to 65 mph as of 11 a.m. Thursday.  The forecast track and watches remain the same.

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Tropical Storm Karen has formed in the Gulf of Mexico. 

At 8 a.m. Thursday, a hurricane hunter aircraft flying in the storm found a closed low level circulation and winds near 60 mph.

The first bulletin was issued by the National Hurricane Center at 9 a.m. Thursday, indicating winds in the storm at 60 mph.  The forecast calls for an increase in winds before landfall Saturday.  This storm could become a weak hurricane during the next 24 to 36 hours.

A Hurricane Watch is in effect from Grand Isle, La. to Indian Pass, Fl.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect from Grand Isle to Morgan City, La., the New Orleans metropolitan area, Lake Maurepas and Lake Pontchartrain.

A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible in the next 48 to 72 hours.

A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm force winds are possible in the next 48 hours.

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