5pm Saturday Tropical Update: Julia Barely a Tropical Depression with Karl Spins in the Central Tropical Atlantic

Here is the latest on tropical storm Karl and the forecast track over the next 5 days.

We are tracking 3 systems in the Atlantic basin this evening… two with names… and one that could get one.

Julia is barely holding on to tropical depression status… and is likely to lose its tropical characteristics and just become a weak non tropical low later tonight.

As of 5pm… Julia had winds of 30 mph and is centered around 270 miles southeast of Charleston, SC. The storm is forecast to gradually weaken to an area of low pressure this weekend. The storm system will generally track very slowly northwest over the next 24 hours… and head closer to the North Carolina/South Carolina state line.

Local Atlantic water impacts are lessening… and the rip current risk should return to normal Sunday despite waves heights running 2 to 4 feet. Just use caution if heading to the beaches Sunday. Winds should only be around 5-10 mph out of the northeast on the coast.

We are also tracking tropical storm Karl… which is our 11th named storm of this Atlantic Hurricane Season. This storm is still thousands of miles away from the southeast coast, currently sitting between West Africa and the Leeward Islands. As of 5 pm Karl was about 1410 miles east of the Islands. The storm is moving at west at 13 mph and has sustained wind speeds near 45 mph.

Karl is forecast to continuing moving west with little change in strength over the next 48 hours. The National Hurricane Center forecast has the storm strengthening into a hurricane by mid/late week… but it is still a little too early to tell exactly what Karl’s future will look like.

There is also an area of showers and thunderstorms associated with a low pressure system just off the coast of Africa. The National Hurricane Center is forecasting a medium chance of tropical development in the next few days and a high chance of tropical development by the end of the work week. This next tropical system will take the name Lisa.

Stay with STORM TEAM 3, as we will post the latest information on the tropics. You can get much more on our hurricane page at http://wsav.com/wsav-hurricane-central/

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