Tropical Storm Karl Could Become Fifth Hurricane in 2016 Atlantic Season
Tropical Storm Karl is the 11th named storm of the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season. It’s located over the eastern Atlantic and this storm may strengthen to our fifth hurricane of the year next week.
Currently, the system is battling strong wind shear and dry air– preventing further development.
As of Saturday morning, National Hurricane Center estimates the maximum sustained wind speed to be at 45 mph with higher gusts.
Karl will continue to fight strong wind shear as it moves almost due west, away from the Cabo Verde Islands. A ridge of high pressure over the central Atlantic acts as the main steering mechanism that will drive Karl westward.
Tropical Storm Karl will remain over the open waters of the Atlantic over the next few days with no impacts to land. Shipping traffic may be altered due to Karl and it could threaten land toward the middle or end of next week.
The upper air environment will be more conducive for tropical development over the next few days, allowing further strengthening. The current forecast calls for Karl to strengthen to a category one hurricane over the next five days– after battling strong wind shear and dry air.
— Levi Cowan (@TropicalTidbits) September 17, 2016
If this were to happen, Tropical Storm Karl may be the fifth hurricane of the 2016 Atlantic season.
WeatherNation meteorologists are expecting Karl to eventually take a more west-northwesterly track is it approaches the Lesser Antilles islands.
Interest along the Lesser Antilles, Bahamas and Bermuda are urged to follow the latest forecast.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Nick Merianos