RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TX (KVEO NEWS CENTER 23) — The National Weather Service has issued a public advisory for Tropical Storm Karen which has formed over the Southeastern Gulf of Mexico.
Hurricane and tropical storm watches have been issued for the Northern Gulf coast which is currently located at 22. on 87.6 W, about 40 miles of Cabo Catoche, Mexico and about 500 miles South of the mouth of the Mississippi River.
A hurricane watch is in effect from Grand Isle Louisiana Eastward to Indian Pass, Florida and a tropical storm watch is in effect from West of Grand Isle to Morgan City, Louisiana, metropolitan New Orleans, Lake Maurepas and Lake Pontchartrain.
A hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area. A watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical storm force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous.
A tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.