In addition to Gamma, forecasters say an area of the Caribbean bears watching for additional development this week.
A newly formed tropical storm could make landfall as a hurricane on the northern Gulf Coast this week, forecasters warned, and Tropical Storm Gamma killed at least six people after coming ashore in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.
The National Hurricane Center upgraded a tropical depression to Tropical Storm Delta Monday morning. The storm, which was less than 100 miles south of Jamaica Monday morning, is on track to reach Louisiana as a hurricane this week.
“Strengthening is expected during the next few days,” the Hurricane Center said, warning that Delta could develop into a Category 2 hurricane with 100-mph winds by Friday.
As of 2 a.m. EDT Monday, Delta was traveling west-northwest at 9 mph with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph, according to the Hurricane Center.
The tropical storm is the 25th named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season – more than double the average of a usual season, which runs from June 1 through Nov. 30.
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Two major hurricanes have formed this season: Laura and Teddy reached Category 3 or higher on the Saffir-Simpson wind scale.
Laura caused widespread damage in Louisiana and southeastern Texas when it roared ashore as a Category 4 storm. Teddy never made landfall in the USA but brushed past Maine into Canada after it lashed Bermuda.
In Mexico, Tropical Storm Gamma killed four people in the state of Chiapas, including two children crushed by a landslide in their home, according to Mexico’s civil defense agency. The other two deaths were in Tabasco state, where one person was dragged away by water and another drowned.
Contributing: Doyle Rice and Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY; Kimberly Miller, Palm Beach (Fla.) Post; The Associated Press
This year’s Atlantic hurricane season has been so active, forecasters are almost out of names so now they will be moving on to the Greek alphabet.
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