Little impact from Julia, watching Karl


NEW BERN, Craven County - The calendar shows were are at the peak of hurricane season and Mother Nature isn't disappointing. There are 3 active tropical systems in the Atlantic Ocean.

Tropical Storm Julia is the closest to us. As of 11 PM Saturday, the storm was located at 30.6 degrees north and 76.5 degrees west. That puts it 270 miles south southeast of Charleston, SC. It's moving to the northwest at 3 mph. Maximum winds are at 30 mph.

Julia will continue to meander a couple hundred miles off the coast of the Carolinas through the weekend. It is expected to downgrade to just a remnant low as we progress through the weekend. Because of the location of the storm coupled with a high pressure centered off of New England, we will continue to see plenty of moisture swing westward off of the Atlantic Ocean. This will mean we can expect a mix of clouds with sunshine and spotty showers that could offer a brief downpour. Eventually by Monday a cold front will pass through our area and sweep what ever is left of Julia farther out to sea.

Tropical Storm Karl continues to move westward in the far eastern Atlantic. Current location is 1410 miles east of the Leeward Islands at 17.8 degrees north, 41.3 degrees west, and moving west at 12 mph. Maximum winds currently at 40 mph.

Karl is forecasted to continue moving west in the central Atlantic through the weekend and into next week. It will encounter some wind shear later this weekend, but should stay as a Tropical Storm through the next 5 days. By the middle of next week Karl is forecasted to become a hurricane. We will need to keep an eye on this system. By late next week this storm has the potential pathway towards the U.S. coast. It is too early at this point to determine if eastern North Carolina, Florida, or the Gulf coast would be a target.

Our final Atlantic tropical system is Post-Tropical Cyclone Ian. It is in the middle of the ocean headed north. The National Hurricane Center has discontinued any future updates, as it is forecasted to dissipate very soon.

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