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Tropical Storm Karl forms in Gulf of Mexico

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(MIAMI, Florida)– Tropical Storm Karl formed in the Bay of Campeche in the Yucatan Peninsula Tuesday afternoon, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The system was about 120 miles east of Veracruz, Mexico, as of 4 p.m. and was moving northwest at about 6 mph with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph.

Karl does not pose a threat to Louisiana, according to forecast models, however, rain from the system is expected to reach the southern part of the state Wednesday.

With Karl taking shape in the southwestern Gulf this week, forecasters caution that hurricane season is not over and officially extends through Nov. 30.