orangeleader.com (Orange, Texas)

October 4, 2013

Officials keep watch on Tropical Storm Karen

Erinn Callahan
The Orange Leader

PORT ARTHUR — A cold front expected to move across Southeast Texas Saturday night will likely keep Tropical Storm Karen at bay, according to an email from the National Weather Service in Lake Charles, La.

Tropical Storm Karen developed over the Yucatan Channel and the southern Gulf of Mexico on Thursday, and has the chance to become a hurricane before it makes landfall on Saturday. As of 3:14 p.m. on Thursday, the storm’s path indicated extreme southeast Louisiana, Mississippi or Alabama, extending further east into the Florida Panhandle.

Rainfaill in Southeast Texas is unlikely to exceed half an inch, and winds near the coast could gust in the 20-30 mph range Friday and Saturday. A coastal flood advisory is also in effect for Jefferson County, as tides could run 1-1.5 feet above normal.

“We will monitor the tide levels in Sabine Pass, but 1.5 feet above normal is not a big deal,” said Deputy Chief John Owens of the Port Arthur Police Department.

While Jefferson County emergency management officials are continuing to monitor the forecasts, the cold front will reinforce high pressure and keep the storm even further east, Owens said.

“We had a conference call with the National Weather Service, and they’ve rest assured us that they have very high confidence in the track of the storm,” Owens said. “The only thing that we can expect here locally is some tides.”

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