Tropical Storm Karen is expected to make landfall Saturday on the Gulf Coast of the U.S., and while the remnants of the weakening system are not expected to bring any significant wind or tidal flooding to New Jersey, the storm could end a two-week spell of dry weather.
It last rained in most parts of southern and central New Jersey on the night of Saturday, Sept. 21, and rainfall totals from that storm were small.
Karen is currently in the Gulf of Mexico with wind gusts of 65 mph. The storm is expected to make landfall somewhere between the Florida Panhandle and New Orleans on Saturday morning.
While forecasters do not anticipate any major storm surge from Karen, the system is expected to bring heavy bands of rain as it moves up the East Coast over land.
In New Jersey, a cold front moving in from the west is expected to carry rain starting Monday afternoon and increasing Monday night (Oct. 7). If the remnants of Karen are added to the mix, some of the rain could be heavy, according to NBC40 meteorologist Dan Skeldon. The rain could continue into Tuesday.
As of Friday, there were no other tropical systems in the Atlantic Ocean basin.
The remnants of Karen are not expected to generate waves, and local surfers are still waiting for the first tropical storm swell of the 2013 season.