Tropical Storm Karen http://wrkf.org en Karen Stalls In Gulf; Maximum Winds Fall To 30 MPH http://wrkf.org/post/karen-stalls-gulf-maximum-winds-fall-30-mph Karen, once feared to hit the U.S. Gulf Coast as a hurricane, has stalled out and weakened into a tropical depression. The National Weather Service says the storm is "drifting" at 2 mph, moving toward Louisiana's southeastern edge. As of early Sunday morning, it was about 165 miles west-southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River.<p>Forecasters say that heavy rain and a storm surge may cause localized flooding in low-lying areas along the coast, but no widespread weather warnings or watches are in place. Sun, 06 Oct 2013 11:52:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 17101 at http://wrkf.org Karen Stalls In Gulf; Maximum Winds Fall To 30 MPH Tropical Storm Karen Weakens As It Approaches The Gulf Coast http://wrkf.org/post/tropical-storm-karen-weakens-it-approaches-gulf-coast Tropical Storm Karen continued losing strength Saturday as it headed toward the central Gulf Coast, but forecasters were still expecting it to bring significant rain and potential flooding to low-lying areas.<p>The National Hurricane Center reported at 2 a.m. Saturday that Karen's maximum sustained winds had dropped to 40 mph, making it a weak tropical storm. Sat, 05 Oct 2013 15:36:58 +0000 Associated Press 17074 at http://wrkf.org Tropical Storm Karen Weakens As It Approaches The Gulf Coast Tropical Storm Karen Heading For U.S. Gulf Coast http://wrkf.org/post/tropical-storm-karen-heading-us-gulf-coast Newly formed Tropical Storm Karen, which could reach hurricane strength by Friday, is expected to make landfall on the U.S. Gulf Coast sometime over the weekend.<p><a href="http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/refresh/graphics_at2+shtml/130434.shtml?5-daynl">The National Hurricane Center</a> in Miami says the late-season storm formed Thursday morning about 485 miles south of the Mississippi Delta, with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph. It was moving north-northwest at 12 mph, but was expected to speed up.<p>Forecasters say it will make landfall in the U.S. Thu, 03 Oct 2013 15:46:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 16985 at http://wrkf.org Tropical Storm Karen Heading For U.S. Gulf Coast