Tropical Storm Karen to loop before moving southwest near Florida

Tropical Storm Karen
Tropical Storm Karen

Tropical Storm Karen will make a complete loop before heading towards the southwest by this weekend.

At this time, Tropical Storm Karen is not a threat to Sebastian, Florida. However, we are monitoring the system every six hours.

“Karen is expected to stall or make a clockwise loop,” the National Hurricane Center said.

Sebastian might not ever see Tropical Storm Karen. The EURO model is showing the storm move southwest before it dissipates. Karen would then become nothing more than a rainmaker for Florida. However, the EURO has changed multiple times since last Monday, and most independent forecasters aren’t sold on this tracking yet.

“The global models forecast that a ridge will build eastward from the southeastern United States to Bermuda, forcing Karen in a slow westward to west-southwestward direction,” the NHC said.

Karen was expected to continue to northward track, but a high-pressure system is steering the storm west.

The tropical storm has nearly doubled in forward-speed during the past 24 hours to 14 mph. Karen is 155 miles north of San Juan, Puerto Rico with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph.

There’s no need to worry about this storm right now because it’s nowhere near Sebastian or Florida. It’s still about ten days away from our coast.

We will continue to update.

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Andy Hodges was born in Annapolis, Maryland and raised in Jupiter, Florida. Andy has been a radio & TV personality since the 1980s. He has worked for WLIZ, WFLX-FOX 29, WIRK, WIXI, WKSY, WRMF, and WJNO to name a few. After spending 7 years in Atlanta, Georgia during the 1990s, Andy returned to Florida and settled in the small town of Sebastian in 2000. In 2005, he returned to the broadcasting news sector and eventually joined our news team in 2016 as editor in chief. Andy's family has lived in Sebastian for more than 45 years.