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Tropical Storm Karen forms in the Gulf of Mexico

Tropical Storm Karen forms in the Gulf of Mexico

By Ina Ronquillo. CREATED Oct 3, 2013

MIAMI (AP) - Tropical Storm Karen has formed in the Gulf of Mexico, and a hurricane watch is in effect along the Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Florida.
   
The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says the late-season storm formed Thursday morning. It was about 500 miles (805 km) south of the mouth of the Mississippi River and already had maximum sustained winds of 60 mph (95 kph).
   
The hurricane watch was in effect from Grand Isle, La., to Indian Pass in the Florida Panhandle. A tropical storm watch also was in effect for parts of the Louisiana coast west of Grand Isle, including the metro New Orleans area and Lake Pontchartrain.
   
Karen was moving north-northwest at 13 mph (20 kph). It could be at or near hurricane strength by Friday.

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Ina Ronquillo

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Ina is a Southern Arizona native. She graduated from Nogales High School and then received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arizona with a double major in Media Arts and Communication.