NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Forecasters say Tropical Storm Karen has stalled off the Louisiana coast as a weakened system that still threatens to bring strong wind and heavy rain to vulnerable low-lying areas.
The National Weather Service says the storm is stationary but still expected to move across or near the southeast Louisiana coast late Saturday or early Sunday, then track eastward and lose strength. It had spent the day either stalled or moving slowly.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami has discontinued tropical storm watches across much of the Gulf Coast, including metro New Orleans, but a portion of southeast Louisiana remains under a tropical storm warning.
Karen has maximum sustained winds of 40 mph, making it a weak tropical storm. It's forecast to track northeastward then travel east while losing tropical-storm status on Sunday.
The National Weather Service says storm surges of 1-to-3 feet are possible along the southeast Louisiana and Mississippi coast, with rainfall accumulations of up to 3 inches -- 6 inches in isolated areas -- along various spots along the central Gulf Coast.