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Sun. Update #1: Tropical Storm Karen

Tropical Storm Karen has brought flooding rains and gusty winds to portions of the Windward Islands, including Trinidad and Tobago. Karen is now on track to affect the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
At 5 pm Sunday, Karen was located near 12.9 North, 62.7 West, about 85 miles northwest of Grenada and 360 miles south-southeast of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands.  Maximum sustained winds were 40 miles per hour.  Karen was moving west-northwest at 13 miles per hour.
Tropical storm warnings are in effect for Grenada, St. Vincent, and the Grenadines.  Tropical storm watches are in effect for the U.S. and British Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
Karen’s future is complicated.  It will struggle with strong wind shear on Monday, which will limit its strength — or possibly tear it apart.  Conditions will be more favorable north of Puerto Rico.  The latest computer model runs indicate that a strong ridge is likely to build over the southeastern U.S. next weekend — which could force Karen westward toward some portion of U.S. coast.  This is still highly uncertain, but we’ll be watching Karen closely as the week progresses.

By Donna Thomas, SouthFloridaReporter.com, certified Meteorologist, Sept. 22, 2019

Donna Thomas has studied hurricanes for two decades. She holds a PhD in history when her experience with Hurricane Andrew ultimately led her to earn a degree in broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State University. Donna spent 15 years at WFOR-TV (CBS4 in Miami-Fort Lauderdale), where she worked as a weather producer with hurricane experts Bryan Norcross and David Bernard. She also produced hurricane specials and weather-related features and news coverage, as well as serving as pool TV producer at the National Hurricane Center during the 2004 and 2005 seasons. Donna also served as a researcher on NOAA's Atlantic Hurricane Database Reanalysis Project. Donna specializes in Florida's hurricane history.