The tropics get even more active as of Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. when Tropical Storm Karl was officially designated the 11th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season.
Karl is relatively disorganized, as is typically the case with weak tropical storms. Maximum sustained winds are only clocked around 40 miles per hour, but some strengthening is likely over the next day or so. This storm will be different than most we've had so far this year, since it will have an impact on land. It looks like the Yucatan Peninsula will take a hit from this system as early as Wednesday afternoon. Karl is forecast to still be a tropical storm at that point. Then the storm will emerge into the southern Gulf of Mexico before making another landfall somewhere along the central Mexican coast toward the weekend. Right now, impacts to the United States look minimal, as this storm will stay mainly to the south.