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Tropical Storm Karen Forecast To Loop Toward Florida, But It’s Too Soon To Assess Threat

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National hurricane center

Tropical Storm Karen could perform a feat of mid-ocean acrobatics later this week and execute a clockwise loop that will take it toward Florida and the Bahamas. However, experts say it’s too soon to assess the extent of the threat.

Karen weakened Wednesday afternoon and the National Hurricane Center sharply lowered its estimates of the storm’s likely top winds over the next few days, reducing its projections from 65 to 45 mph.

“Right now, it’s pretty weak and ragged,” said Phil Klotzbach, research scientist at Colorado State University’s Tropical Meteorology Project. “That’s not to say it couldn’t blow up and be something big, but at this point the odds are fairly low. At this point, it’s something to be monitoring but it’s nothing to be worked up over yet.”

Read more at the Sun Sentinel.