After almost a week of quiet conditions following Tropical Storm Julio, an area of disturbed weather hundreds of miles off the southwest coast of Mexico became Tropical Depression 16-E on Saturday night. By early Sunday morning, it had strengthened to Tropical Storm Karina.
The new tropical storm had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph and was located 455 miles southwest of the southern tip of Baja California as of 3 a.m. MDT Sunday. Present movement is to the northwest at 12 mph.
Newly formed Tropical Storm Karina is seen on satellite early Sunday morning, Sept. 13, 2020. (AccuWeather)
Karina will track to the northwest into early week. This path will take the storm through the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean and into an area of low to moderate wind shear.
Wind shear is the change in speed or direction of the wind at different levels in the atmosphere and plays a strong role in the development and organization of tropical systems.
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This environment is forecast to allow the storm to become stronger in the coming days.
“Karina will track away from the western coast of Mexico, and will not bring any direct impacts to land,” AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski said.
Shipping interests should monitor this system into at least the middle of the week to avoid the dangers of tracking through downpours, strong wind gusts and rough surf.
Meanwhile, the Atlantic tropical basin remains active as forecasters continue to track Paulette, Rene, Sally and several tropical waves.
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