The National Hurricane Center is monitoring a disturbance in the Central Caribbean that is expected to become a tropical storm this week.

The disturbance was upgraded to a tropical depression Sunday night.

Tropical Depression 26 was located about 75 miles south of Kingston, Jamaica, Sunday night and was moving west-northwest at 9 mph. It has maximum sustained winds of 35 mph. 

The system is expected to move into the Gulf of Mexico this week, and has the potential to strengthen into a hurricane.

It could become the second storm to ever be named Delta. In 2005, Delta formed on Nov. 15. If the storm forms in the next few days, it will beat that record by over a month.

The storm is expected to bring a high risk of dangerous storm surge winds and rainfall hazards along the Louisiana coast and western Florida Panhandle, according to the NHC.

Officials are unsure how the storm system will affect southeast Texas. 

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Where is the stormnow?

  • Location:  About 75 miles south of Kingston, Jamaica
  • Movement:  West-northwest at 9 mph
  • Maximum sustained winds:  35 mph

Information gathered from the National Hurricane Center.

Sarah Ann Dueñas is a digital producer for the USA TODAY Network.

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