Tropical Storm Karl Intensifies Off Gulf of Mexico


MEXICO CITY—Tropical Storm Carr moved south over the southern Gulf Coast on Wednesday and is expected to approach land by the end of the week without increasing the hurricane’s strength.

According to the U.S. National Hurricane Center, Karl’s maximum wind speed was 45 mph (70 kmph). Its center was about 200 miles (320 km) north-northeast of the port city of Veracruz and it was still traveling north at 3 miles per hour (6 km per hour).

The center said Karl could head north for a while, but atmospheric conditions will likely return it to the southern Gulf of Mexico coast, where it could reach land by Friday.

Strong winds of the tropical storm extended outwards up to 105 miles (165 kilometers) from the center.

Karl could bring up to 12 inches (30 centimeters) of rain to isolated areas of Veracruz and Tabasco, according to the Hurricane Center.

Carl was formed a day after former Hurricane Julia vanished in the Pacific after making landfall on Nicaragua’s Caribbean coast, killing at least 28 people directly or indirectly in Central America and Mexico.

Associated Press