The low near the Yucatan Peninsula which caused all the rainy mess over South Florida on Wednesday, has become Tropical Storm Karen.
Where is it?
It appears the center has threaded the needle avoiding contact with land, making its way into the Gulf of Mexico between the Yucatan and Cuba.
This means its growth cycle will not be interrupted.
It is now moving into some of the warmest water in the Gulf of Mexico known as the Loop Current. This area just Northwest of Cuba and West of Florida is the birthplace of the Gulf Stream Current with temperatures hovering in the mid to upper 80's. Plenty of fuel for further growth.
The models suggest it will take a track headed to Louisiana.
A HURRICANE WATCH IS IN EFFECT FROM GRAND ISLE LOUISIANA EASTWARD TO
INDIAN PASS FLORIDA. THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE METROPOLITAN NEW
ORLEANS...LAKE MAUREPAS...OR LAKE PONTCHARTRAIN
A TROPICAL STORM WATCH IS IN EFFECT FROM WEST OF GRAND ISLE TO
MORGAN CITY LOUISIANA...METROPOLITAN NEW ORLEANS...LAKE
MAUREPAS...AND LAKE PONTCHARTRAIN.
Even though they may see a direct impact, don't let your guard down. On Wednesday we were nowhere near this feature and yet some rain from it ventured here and cause plenty of flooding, Most areas from Downtown Miami South to Kendall and Pinecrest getting between 5 and 10 inches of rain.
This was issued by the Miami Weather Office: A RECORD RAINFALL OF 5.53 INCHES WAS SET AT MIAMI YESTERDAY. THIS BREAKS THE OLD RECORD OF 3.02 SET IN 1936.
Remain alert as more rain will be possible over the next few days and with the ground already saturated, any small amount of rain will lead to very fast street flooding.