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Still Storm Season

In the New Orleans, we often associate Halloween and the start of Costume Season with the end of Hurricane Season. However, Hurricane Season lasts until November 30th. In case a reminder is necessary, Tropical Storm Kate is swirling around very close to Florida right now.

Erika Storms West

Meteorologists are cautiously optimistic that Tropical Storm Erika will not pose a threat to New Orleans. Instead, the National Weather Service (NWS) is predicting that the fifth named storm of the Atlantic season will hit Cuba before veering north through Florida.

Hello, Dolly: Tropical Storm Predicted to Make Landfall in Mexico

Now upgraded from a Depression to a Tropical Storm, Dolly continues to head for the coast of Mexico. The National Weather Service predicts that Dolly will make landfall later today or early tomorrow.

Atlantic Disturbance Has High Chance of Tropical Development

Weather watchers are keeping an eye on an area of storm activity over the Atlantic that looks to have a high chance of developing into a tropical storm. As of Tuesday morning, the National Hurricane Center gave the low pressure area a high chance of developing into a tropical depression as early as Tuesday afternoon.

Tropical Update: TD2 Not Expected to Strengthen

Despite coaxing from ratings-hungry Weather Channel producers, a tropical disturbance making its way west across the Atlantic Ocean is expected to collapse into downward spiral of depression. As of Tuesday (7-22) morning, Tropical Depression 2 was not expected to reach Tropical Storm strength, according to National Hurricane Center forecaster Michael Brennan.

Karen Downgraded to Tropical Depression

Karen refused to go anywhere for most of Saturday, and by the end of the day her tantrum was officially diagnosed. The system was downgraded to a tropical depression by the National Hurricane Center on Saturday night, and all watches and warnings were canceled along the Gulf Coast.

Tropical Storm Karen Weakening, Heading Toward Louisiana

Updated 4:05 p.m.

Weather wizards have shifted Tropical Storm Karen's track east, and she is expected to blow over Southeast Louisiana on Saturday night. But she's weakening as she moves in toward shore. Saturday morning's 24-hour forecast from the National Hurricane Center forecast projected the storm would move northeast across Plaquemines Parish before heading back out into the Gulf of Mexico toward Mississippi. At a press conference Saturday morning, Mayor Mitch and city leaders said they were not bracing for a major event.

TS Karen Looks Disorganized, But Still a Threat

Updated 6:45 p.m.

Like most visitors, Tropical Storm Karen finds herself a little more disheveled as she approaches the Gulf Coast. According to the 4 p.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center, the storm is looking disorganized as she hovers 235 miles south of the Mississippi River. That led the NHC to cancel hurricane watch extending from coastal Louisiana to the Florida panhandle. However, a tropical storm watch remains in effect.

Tropical Storm Karen Treks North, Heavy Rain Expected Friday Night

After doing the wobble, Tropical Storm Karen is weakening as she continues her trek up the Gulf. But New Orleans remains under tropical storm watch with the system expected to be at the Gulf Coast on Saturday. After rising to 65 mph on Thursday, Karen's maximum winds were reported to 50 mph as of 10 a.m. Friday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

TS Karen: Corps of Engineers Closes Barge Gate

With Tropical Storm Karen pointing toward the Gulf Coast and New Orleans under Tropical Storm Watch, the Army Corps of Engineers is starting to make preparations. At 2 p.m. Thursday, the Corps will close the barge gate at the Intracoastal Waterway, according to a news release. Closing the 150 ft.-wide gate, which is part of New Orleans' upgraded flood protection system, is the first precaution taken when a storm threat exists.

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