Lorenzo still a Cat 4 while Karen still struggling


Tropical Storm Karen and Hurricane Lorenzo are still making their way through the tropical Atlantic, but neither is expected to impact the U.S.

Tropical Storm Karen is forecast to barely hold onto tropical storm status through Friday, then weakening to a tropical depression by late Saturday. Karen’s forecast track is bizarre — it turns to the east tonight and Friday, then makes a U-turn and heads west on Saturday. By early Sunday, Karen will basically be back where it is now — but as a weaker system.

That westward trend will continue into early next week — fortunately, so will the weakening trend. The NHC forecast for Karen maintains it as a tropical depression next week, but a lot of forecast data shows the storm dissipating entirely. That’s very good news for the Bahamas and the east coast of Florida, but we’ll keep a close eye on Karen just in case.

We’re also tracking Hurricane Lorenzo, in the far eastern Atlantic. Lorenzo is now a major, Category 4 hurricane.

Lorenzo is expected to remain a Category 4 hurricane over the next 24 hours, then it will very slowly weaken as it tracks farther north. Almost all of the forecast data keeps this storm over the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean through early next week, without any threat to land. It could approach the Azores island chain by the middle of next week, but it will be a weaker storm by that point.

The CBS 17 Storm Team will keep you updated through the rest of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season.

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