(WLTX) - Tropical Storm Karen could bring rain to the Midlands by the end of the week.
Presently, the system is located in the southern Gulf of Mexico and has maximum sustained winds of 65 miles an hour.
The system reached tropical storm status Thursday morning. Some strengthening could take place in the next few days.
Current forecast models have the system moving north toward the southeastern corner of Louisiana by Saturday and then making a sharp turn toward the northeast. Current plots take it into South Carolina Sunday night and into Monday morning as a tropical depression.
The models diverge on the exact path at this point; a few take the system through the Upstate, some through the Midlands, while others put it in the Lowcountry. Either way, the entire state should see some precipitation.
"Here's what our computer model is projecting," says News19 Chief Meteorologist Jim Gandy. "By Monday evening, we will have received anywhere from about a half an inch to an inch of rain. That could be a little on the conservative side but that will depend on the timing and how fast the system is moving."
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