Winds have increased to 65 mph as of 11 a.m. Thursday. The forecast track and watches remain the same.
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.
Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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