The area of disturbed weather that has persisted over Central America for the past couple of days moved over the Bay of Campeche earlier today and strengthen into a tropical storm and given the name Karl.

Although Karl is located in the Bay of Campeche, the storm and its associated moisture pose no threat to the Texas coast—especially with a cold front forecast to push south across Texas and into the Gulf on Thursday.

As of 4:00 pm CDT Tuesday, the center of Tropical Storm Karl was located about 120 miles east-northeast of Veracruz, Mexico. Maximum sustained winds were near 40 mph with higher gusts. Gradual strengthening is expected for the next day or so, followed by gradual weakening on Thursday.

NOAA/CIRA/RAMMB 10-11-2022 3:40 pm CDT

Karl was moving toward the northwest near 6 mph, and this motion is expected to continue for the next day or so.  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.