Tropical storm Karl

By: Courtney Harrington

            Tropical Storm Karl hit landfall early Wednesday, September 15, 2010, morning near the southeast coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Sustained winds were expected to get up to 55 miles per hour with gust winds of 70 miles per hour. A warning was issued to the area of Ciudad Del Carmen to Celestun, informing the residents of what was to come. The storm came ashore an estimated 30 miles north of the Quintana Roo state capital of Chetumal. According to the United States National Hurricane Center in Miami, the winds produced from the storm were around 65 miles per hour and traveled west at only 14 miles per hour.

The tropical storm Karl made landfall early Wednesday morning on the coast of Mexico. Photo courtesy of Google images

 A tropical storm is not considered a hurricane until sustained winds reach 75 miles per hour. Tropical storm Karl came pretty close to being categorized as a hurricane. “Karl is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 3 to 5 inches over the Yucatan Peninsula, Belize and northern Guatemala with isolated maxiumum amounts of eight inches,” claimed the center. Waves were said to have been coming in about 25 miles up onto the beach and covering the roads that run up along the coast.

            Tropical Storm Karl was not the only storm building up out in the ocean. Two hurricanes have been spotted off the coast, but are said to be far away from landfall. At eleven o’clock on Wednesday morning, one of the hurricanes, Igor, had sustained winds already up to 135 miles per hour and was said to be moving west at eight miles per hour. The eye of the storm is over 1,000 miles off the southeast coast of Bermuda and only 540 miles off the Leeward Islands. Before, Igor had been categorized as a Category Four hurricane but has lost strength. Forecasters say that Igor is still a dangerous hurricane.

            The other hurricane building up in the ocean is known as Julia. The sustained winds of this hurricane have reached 135 miles per hour. Forecasters are more confident that this hurricane will not hit land. Although, it is expected to maintain it’s high level of winds until Thursday. Tune into the news to keep an eye on the upcoming storms.


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