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2013 Atlantic Tropical Season Review: Tropical Storm Karen


It was a storm that was, at one time, predicted to significantly impact the Wiregrass. But, in the end, Tropical Storm Karen ended up breaking apart before even making landfall.

Tropical Storm Karen formed in the Gulf of Mexico on the morning of October 3rd, 2013.

Immediately after forming, Tropical Storm Watches and Warnings were issued for the northern Gulf Coast, including Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida.

The storm slowly tracked to the north, with many forecasts projecting it would eventually turn to the northeast and make landfall somewhere between New Orleans and Panama City Beach.

However, by October 5th, the storm struggled to gain any strength, and was barely hanging on as a low-level Tropical Depression.

Despite much of the Gulf Coast region being declared states of emergency in anticipation of damage and injury, watches and warnings were scaled back and eventually dropped altogether.

By the 6th, the storm was fizzling out fast and was downgraded to a Tropical Depression. It officially dissipated at 10am on that day without making landfall.

The remnants of the storm brought a little rain to the Florida panhandle, but much less than originally anticipated.


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