National Weather Service forecast for Gainesville
Tropical Storm Karen has weakened and stalled in the Gulf of Mexico, which could spare Georgia a rainy day today.
The storm’s approach up the Gulf Coast had forecasters calling for a day of showers throughout much of Georgia. The rain is now not expected until tonight into Monday as Karen works its way inland.
The National Weather Service now calls for just a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms today, mostly after 4 p.m. Partly sunny skies and temperatures around 80 are expected.
The rain could move in after 10 p.m., with a 100 percent chance of rain tonight continuing into early Monday.
As much as 1 to 2 inches of rain are possible in some areas. The clouds are expected to hold down temperatures, with Monday’s high forecast around 72.
The rain is expected to clear out by late Monday with sunny skies returning by Tuesday.
Officials from Louisiana to northwest Florida acknowledged that the storm was weakening and sent some emergency workers home, but urged residents to be cautious.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Saturday afternoon that Karen hadn’t moved for a few hours. It had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph, making it a weak tropical storm. Forecasters expect it to resume its northerly track and be near or over portions of southeastern Louisiana today.
Karen was poised to be only the second named storm to make landfall in the U.S. during an unusually quiet hurricane season. The first was Tropical Storm Andrea, which hit Florida, in June. The season runs from June 1 through Nov. 30.