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Remnants Of Karen To Become First Coast Nor'easter

Jeff Huffman

Karen may no longer be a tropical storm threat for North Florida, but the remnant area of low pressure and approaching cold front are likely to soak the region through Tuesday.

A new storm is likely to form near the First Coast, keeping the weather less-than-ideal for outdoor activities there through mid-week.  Heavy rain and a few strong thunderstorms are likely for inland areas Monday, then heavy rain, gusty winds, and high surf are the primary concerns for beach-goers and coastal residents Monday night through Wednesday.


A new area of low pressure is likely to form off the First Coast overnight Monday, and it will only slowly drift northeast toward the Carolinas by mid-week. This will prolong the unsettled weather along the beaches of Northeast Florida and for much of Southeast Georgia through at least Tuesday afternoon.

The steadier, heavier rains will gradually drift north and out of the area by Tuesday morning, but showers are likely to redevelop again for most coastal and inland areas Tuesday afternoon due to some cooler, unstable air aloft wrapping around the storm. 

Winds will lag behind the rain some, but are likely to prompt Small Craft Advisories by Tuesday afternoon for all coastal waters. The highest wind gusts will be near 35 mph in Southeast Georgia Tuesday, steadily increasing also in Northeast Florida Tuesday night and Wednesday morning to about 30 mph. A strong onshore wind such as this will lead to an elevated rip current risk, and possibly some minor coastal flooding during times of high tide in low-lying areas.

Jeff Huffman is Chief Meteorologist at the University of Florida in Gainesville. In addition to his full-time position at the university's radio and television stations, WUFT-FM/TV and WRUF-TV, the latter of which he co-founded, Huffman also provides weather coverage to public radio stations throughout Florida