Tropical Storm Karen Now Expected to Spin Down to a Remnant Low This Weekend Well East of the Bahamas

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Published: September 26, 2019

Tropical Storm Karen looks likely to succumb to an increasingly hostile environment by this weekend over the open waters of the southwestern Atlantic Ocean well east of the Bahamas.

Karen is centered more than 400 miles south-southeast of Bermuda.


Current Storm Status

Karen is forecast to turn east, then double-back on itself through this weekend as its steering winds temporarily collapse, then become reestablished again.


Projected Path

A combination of shearing winds and dry air is expected to squash Karen's ability to maintain thunderstorms near its center by this weekend, weakening it to a remnant low, according to the National Hurricane Center.

We'll still keep an eye on this remnant, but for now, Karen does not pose a threat to either the Bahamas or the United States.

Storm Recap

Karen formed on Sept. 22 between Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago and quickly entered the eastern Caribbean.

Karen then wobbled northward toward Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands as a disorganized cluster of thunderstorms.

The National Hurricane Center said Karen's center moved over Vieques and Culebra, two Caribbean islands off Puerto Rico's eastern coast, on Tuesday evening, Sept. 24.

Parts of Puerto Rico picked up 2 to 5 inches of rain, according to the National Weather Service.

Flooding trapped 15 families in their homes in the Cuyón neighborhood of Coamo, about 30 miles southwest of San Juan, on Tuesday, Sept. 24. In Toa Baja, one home was flooded and two residents were trapped in their home by floodwaters.

Two piers were washed out by storm surge flooding on Vieques Island, the National Weather Service reported.

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