BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Karen has finally weakened below tropical storm status. Karen has been hampered by dry air and strong wind shear for the last couple of days. The National Hurricane Center continued keeping Karen a minimal tropical storm for most of the day Saturday. But as of the 10 PM advisory they finally made the declaration that Karen had weakened enough to be classified as a tropical depression. This means that Karen's winds have decreased below 39 mph and currently sit at 35 mph.
The storm has remained stationary for the last several hours but is still expected to move ENE overnight into early Sunday morning. This motion will be in response to an approaching cold front from the west. The front will help push the stalled system. The center of what remains of Karen is still forecasted to possibly clip the extreme SE Louisiana Coast early Sunday. Karen will then move across the Northern Gulf of Mexico where it will merge with a passing cold front and weaken further.