Karen Fizzles Out; Expected Impact Now ‘Minimal’

October 5, 2013

Karen has all but fizzled out today downgraded to a tropical depression with winds down to  40 mph. The tropical storm watch that was in effect for Escambia and Santa Rosa counties has been dropped.

After a beautiful sunny Saturday, Sunday is expected to bring a few clouds from the remnants of Karen — expected to approach Escambia and Santa Rosa counties as just a tropical depression.  Most areas will receive only up to an inch or two of rain, and the chance of severe weather is extremely small. Winds will gust to tropical storm strength only along the immediate coast, with 10-15 mph winds and gusts up to 20 mph forecast in the North Escambia area.

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14 Responses to “Karen Fizzles Out; Expected Impact Now ‘Minimal’”

  1. Wharf Rat on October 5th, 2013 5:05 pm

    Everybody should have some extra sandbags in their hurricane kit. They are good for a lot of things, including, holding down tarps on the roof (better than nails,) when the neighbor’s trees intrude on the old familial abode.

  2. William on October 5th, 2013 1:05 pm

    >>>does anyone know if any sandbags are being offered in the atmore area?

    No. Atmore is expected to receive only an inch or two or rain at most now that the storm has weakened and become disorganized.

  3. mom on October 5th, 2013 10:55 am

    does anyone know if any sandbags are being offered in the atmore area?

  4. fred on October 5th, 2013 8:43 am

    Since it appears that Jim Cantore will have little else to do this weekend (thankfully), we should organize a “Hemingway” style lookalike contest out at Pegleg Pete’s. Everyone who thinks they look like Cantore could come to compete, and Cantore could be the judge. It would be fun and all the women could get their pictures made with him (ladies, you know you want to…)

  5. Jerry A on October 5th, 2013 7:57 am

    Weather man, I bought tickets for Bayfest and it is still a go. No rushing for refunds here. Had a great time last night and looking forward to the very same today.

  6. Mark on October 4th, 2013 11:10 pm

    Yes, @ Wharf Rat, like you, I have a couple books on standby if the power goes out. One way or the other, I will NOT be bored! :-)

    @JeanD, please don’t take my comments as saying we don’t have to be prepared. I always have my hurricane kit at the ready, but outside of putting away objects that might get blown away, I’m not boarding up my house for a tropical storm.

    I just pray those that live in low lying areas do not get flooded out!

  7. Walnut Hill on October 4th, 2013 2:40 pm

    All day LOTR, good idea!

  8. Alarmed and Armed on October 4th, 2013 2:24 pm


    The technology has advanced significantly since1995. Yes, that’s eighteen years ago. With that said, the forecast models are still wrong most of the time. Anytime I seea forecast 4 days out and look at where the models have it making landfall, I know for sure that is where it will NOT make landfall.

  9. JeanD on October 4th, 2013 10:15 am

    Remember 4 Oct 1995? We all went to bed on the 3rd thinking Opal was far off shore and no big threat to us. When we all woke up the morning of 4 October she was sitting right off shore and turned out to be a strong hurricane that did a lot of damage to the area. Be prepared is all i’m saying.

  10. Wharf Rat on October 3rd, 2013 9:38 pm

    Hey Mark,

    I’m with you, and if the power goes out, there is always a good book waiting to be read.

    Now if my neighbor’s trees will not fall on my house, I can make it a pleasant weekend.

  11. Mark on October 3rd, 2013 6:12 pm

    Let’s just hope it’s a mild one! Heck, I don’t even board up my windows unless it’s a CAT 3 or above!

    If we do have a wet weekend, I guess I have a chance to finally watch my Lord of the Rings trilogy (blu ray extended edition) in one sitting. That should kill an entire day! :-)

  12. JimD on October 3rd, 2013 12:11 pm

    I guess the Weather Channel people will be happy now, I heard they commented about the “disappointing hurricane season” the southeast was having.

  13. They knew it on October 3rd, 2013 11:36 am

    I knew I was seeing way too many banana spiders this year. The old farmers would always say “lots of them spiders there(pointing to a banana spider)…you gone have a storm”.

  14. Weather man on October 3rd, 2013 7:51 am

    I knew we were in line for one. It’s been years since the last hurricane. So folks get ready to get just a little wet. BTW I guess the lucky people who bought bay fest tickets in mobile for that three day event is rushing to get refunds.

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