Karen is heading into a loop, but could dissolve by the time it turns toward Florida

Tropical Storm Karen is heading into a clockwise loop a few hundred miles south of Bermuda, but it might not survive the turn.

As of Friday’s 5 a.m. update from the National Hurricane Center, the storm was “holding on to tropical storm status for now” and forecasters expect it to dissolve into a remnant low on Saturday as it begins to point west toward Florida and the Bahamas.

Karen’s maximum sustained winds is holding steady at 40 mph and slowed down to 8 mph northern speed as of the evening update, a pace expected to keep dropping over the next few days as Karen bumps into a central Atlantic high and turns right. By Friday night, forecasters said, the storm could be “nearly stationary.”

“The low is expected to plow into strong southwesterly shear on days 4 and 5 while it moves westward over the southwestern Atlantic, which should keep it as a remnant low or possibly cause it to open up into a trough of low pressure,” forecasters wrote.

By Monday, the hurricane center predicted, Karen could have maximum winds of 30 mph.

The National Weather Service said Florida could see high chances of rip currents Monday and Tuesday. This weekend is also one of the highest King Tides of the season, so flooding is expected in low-lying communities.

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