A hurricane watch is in effect for parts of the U.S. Gulf Coast after Tropical Storm Karen formed in the southeastern part of the Gulf of Mexico, the National Hurricane Center said.
A hurricane watch covers the area from Grand Isle, Louisiana, east to Indian Pass, Florida. A tropical storm watch is in effect from west of Grand Isle to Morgan City, Louisiana, an area that includes metropolitan New Orleans.
Karen is producing winds of 60 mph and is moving north-northwest up the Mexican coast, the hurricane center said. It has a high chance — “near 100 percent” — of becoming a hurricane or cyclone in the next two days, it said.