Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Tropical Storm Karl
Tropical Storm Karl weakened over the Yucatan Peninsula today, but will strengthen over the open waters of the Bay of Campeche and Gulf of Mexico on Thursday and Friday. The National Hurricane Center forecasts that Karl may regain hurricane strength before making landfall in Mexico.
Karl should stay well south of the Texas Coast, reducing any surge-related impacts in the U.S. The current NHC forecast keeps Karl more than 250 miles south of South Padre Island, TX. This means that although some waves and rip currents could impact South Texas, storm surge should be minimal- likely less than 2 feet.
Stay tuned to 2010 Storm Surge Blog if changes in Karl's track bring the system closer to Texas.