Created: Thu, 03 Oct 2013 10:07:00 EST
Updated: Fri, 04 Oct 2013 07:16:22 EST
For much of this week, our team of meteorologists have been warning WGXA's viewers of a tropical wave that was slated to enter the Gulf of Mexico and become Tropical Storm Karen. That happened Thursday and it's looking more like Karen may bring some nasty weather to central Georgia for Sunday and Monday.
According to Chief Meteorologist Jeff Cox, based on current trends, a landfall looks likely Sunday, somewhere between Mobile, AL and Destin, FL, followed by a sharp turn northeast into central and north Georgia. Based on this track, central Georgia would be to the east of the center of circulation, putting us in the 'rainiest' and 'windiest' side of the storm. Karen is currently forecast to become a hurricane just before landfall, but will likely weaken as the storm moves inland.
Here's what Chief Meteorologist Jeff Cox wants WGXA's viewers to know:
1) Expect rainy and windy conditions Sunday and Monday: Rainfall totals will be highest along and west of I-75 (generally north and west of Macon). Those areas will likely see 1-2 inches of rain with isolated higher amounts. Areas east of I-75 will likely see up to 1" of rain. Wind gusts will be a concern Sunday night topping 30 to 40 mph at times.
2) With any tropical system, isolated tornadoes can't be ruled out. We don't expect a widespread outbreak of severe weather but short-lived spin-ups are always possible with any tropical system.
3) Based on current trends, I think Karen will begin to exit central Georgia later Monday.
It should be noted that if Karen's track shifts to the west or to the east, it will change the ultimate impacts we see in central Georgia.
Jeff urges you to stay tuned to WGXA and his team of meteorologists for the latest on Tropical Storm Karen and it's impacts on central Georgia.