Tropical storm Karl heads to Mexico, meteorologists issue warning

 Friday, October 14, 2022 


The tropical storm warnings were issued in some parts of Mexico on Thursday as Tropical Storm Karl continued to drift southward over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico. Although Karl is currently the only named system in the Atlantic, meteorologists caution that the Atlantic hurricane is far from over, and there remain areas to watch for development in the coming weeks.

This tropical storm Karl came close to becoming a hurricane for a time on Wednesday when its maximum sustained winds peaked at 65 mph (105 km/h), just 9 mph shy of Category 1 hurricane status. The storm has meandered over the same portion of the Gulf since it formed on Tuesday afternoon and has likely already peaked in intensity. Karl began to drift southward on Thursday and is forecast to pick up momentum prior to its forecast landfall in southern Mexico.

As of 10 p.m. CDT on Thursday, Karl’s maximum sustained winds were at 45 mph (75 km/h), and the storm was moving southeastward at 7 mph (11 km/h). Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward 70 miles (110 km) from the center.

A landfall farther to the east in Mexico when compared to forecasts earlier this week is anticipated of the meandering storm. The center is projected to come ashore well east of Veracruz, perhaps near the port city of Coatzacoalcos, Mexico, on Saturday.

Because of the storm’s rare southward track toward this part of Mexico, conditions may be more severe when compared to a storm that forms and heads quickly to the north or west, AccuWeather meteorologists say. The slow movement of the storm will cause rough surf for an extended period throughout the shoreline of the southwestern Gulf.

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