Tropical Storm Karl formed, most likely will pass North.


PHILIPSBURG – Tropical Storm Karl has formed of what was previously Tropical Depression # 5 with 45 mph sustained winds and gusts upto 65 mph, moving 12 mph West.

TS Karl, then upgraded to Hurricane Karl, is expected to pass north of our region on Wednesday of next week. However residents are urged to monitor the development of this storm closely as the storm’s track can change.

Public advisory below:

...Karl moving westward over the eastern tropical Atlantic...
Summary of 500 am AST...0900 UTC...information
location...18.3n 33.4w
about 640 mi...1030 km WNW of the Cabo Verde islands
about 1870 mi...3005 km E of the Leeward Islands
maximum sustained winds...45 mph...75 km/h
present movement...W or 280 degrees at 13 mph...20 km/h
minimum central pressure...1005 mb...29.68 inches
Watches and warnings
there are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.
Discussion and 48-hour outlook
at 500 am AST (0900 utc), the center of Tropical Storm Karl was
located near latitude 18.3 north, longitude 33.4 west.  Karl is
moving toward the west near 13 mph (20 km/h), and this general
motion is expected to continue through Saturday.  A west-
southwestward motion is possible Saturday night.
Maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph (75 km/h) with higher gusts.
Little change in strength is forecast during the next 48 hours.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 160 miles (260 km)
from the center.
The estimated minimum central pressure is 1005 mb (29.68 inches).