Tropical Depression 25 forecast to become Tropical Storm Gamma near Yucatan
Tropical Depression 25 formed Friday near the Yucatan Peninsula and is expected to move over…
Tropical Depression 25 formed Friday near the Yucatan Peninsula and is expected to move over land as Tropical Storm Gamma on Saturday, the National Hurricane Center said.
The depression was moving northwest at 8 mph with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph, according the 2 p.m. advisory from the hurricane center.
A tropical storm warning is in effect from Punta Herrero to Cabo Catoche in Mexico. A tropical storm watch was issued for south of Punta Herrero to Puerto Costa Maya.
The depression is expected to turn to the northwest and slow down in the next couple days, according to a forecast discussion.
Warm water and low vertical shear make conditions favorable for storm development, the hurricane center said.
“The cyclone is likely to become a tropical storm by the time it nears the Yucatan Peninsula” on Saturday, according to the forecast discussion.
A tropical wave in the eastern Caribbean Sea was bringing heavy rain and gusty winds to parts of the Lesser Antilles, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
The wave, which formed Wednesday, could become a tropical depression next week as it moves west through the Caribbean, the hurricane center said.
It has been given a 40 percent chance of development in the next five days.
This has been a busy hurricane season with nine named storms making landfall in the continental U.S., which ties the record number established in 1916. Beta become the first storm named after a letter of the Greek alphabet to make landfall in the continental U.S. when it hit Texas on Sept. 21.
The 2020 hurricane season is rivaling 2005 for activity. The 2005 season, which featured hurricanes Katrina and Wilma, both of which made South Florida landfalls, had a record 28 named storms.
So far, the 2020 season has produced 23 named storms.
Because 2020 is a La Niña year, forecasters expect late-season storm activity to increase in late September and October and possibly even carry into November. Hurricane season ends Nov. 30.
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