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Tropical Storm Karl forms in the Atlantic

Posted at 11:23 PM, Sep 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-15 23:23:29-04

Tropical Storm Karl, the 11th named storm of the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season, has formed in the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

As of the 11pm advisory Thursday, the the system is looking better organized and moving west at 14 mph and has maximum sustained winds at 45 mph. The tropical storm has strengthened despite the presence of wind shear in the vicinity of the storm. 

Karl is expected to maintain it's strength over the next few days as it approaches the Leeward Islands where it'll likely reach a more favorable environment for strengthening by early next week.

This tropical storm still has a long way to go and is tasked with surviving moderate wind shear and dry air over the next few days. At this time, no threat to Southwest Florida is expected but stay tuned to the latest forecast as there is still plenty of time for things to change.