Eye on the Tropics

Tropical Storm Karl forecast to strengthen, remains no threat to Florida

ORLANDO, Fla. — Update 2:

Karl is forecast to strengthen tonight and Wednesday at is moves slowly over the Southwester Gulf of Mexico, the National Hurricane Center.

Heavy rainfall and a flash flooding risk in Isthmus and Tehuantepec, in the southern Sierra Madre Oriental mountains, & adjacent coastal areas, according to the NHC.

Mudslides are possible in higher terrain.

The storm is still not forecast to impact Florida.


Tropical Storm Karl has formed in the Bay of Campeche, the National Hurricane Center confirmed Tuesday afternoon.

A tropical storm watch has been issued for portions of Southeastern Mexico.

The storm does not pose a threat to Florida.

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A broad area of low pressure over the Bay of Campeche may develop into a tropical depression.

Channel 9 meteorologist Brian Shields said right now the system is producing a large area of showers and thunderstorms.


Environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for further development, and a tropical depression could form within the next day or two while the system moves slowly northwestward over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico.

An Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft is scheduled to investigate the disturbance Tuesday afternoon, if necessary.

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The system is not a threat to Florida.

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Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson, WFTV.com

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.

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Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.

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