Tropics: Tropical Storm Karl forms in southwest Gulf of Mexico

New tropical depression could form over next couple of days

ORLANDO, Fla. – A disturbance over southeastern Mexico producing a large area of showers and thunderstorms over the Bay of Campeche and Yucatan peninsula has developed into a Tropical Storm Karl.

This system is forecast to drift northwestward over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico later Tuesday. A gradual turn to the west and west-southwest is expected on Wednesday evening and a turn to the southwest is forecast on Thursday morning. On the forecast track, Karl will be approaching the coast of Mexico on Thursday.

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Beyond the middle of the week, environmental conditions become less conducive for development,

Regardless of development, heavy rainfall is expected over portions of southern Mexico during the next couple of days. An Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft is scheduled to investigate the disturbance Tuesday afternoon if necessary.

This disturbance will not impact Florida.

Hurricane season runs through November.

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Jonathan Kegges joined the News 6 team in June 2019 as the Weekend Morning Meteorologist. Jonathan comes from Roanoke, Virginia where he covered three EF-3 tornadoes and deadly flooding brought on by Hurricanes Florence and Michael.