70% chance for a Tropical Depression in our area next week
This weekend experienced the winds and rain from the tail end of Tropical Storm Gamma as it moved North Westward with maximum sustained winds 45 mph.
Tropical Storm Gamma became the 24th named storm in the Atlantic basin this season. Previously Tropical Depression 25, the system's maximum sustained winds have strengthened to 50 mph by 7am on Sunday.
Tropical Depression 25 formed late Friday morning amid an area of disturbed weather over the northwestern Caribbean that meteorologists have had their eyes on since the demise of Beta, Sally, Teddy and Paulette.
As of Sunday morning, the tropical storm was moving in a northerly direction at 4 mph. The storm is located over the southern Gulf of Mexico and is about 30 Miles north of Rio Lagartos, Mexico
However, we should keep our guard up as we may see a tropical depression in our area early this week as advised by the National Hurricane Center (NOAA).
A tropical wave accompanied by a low-pressure system is located over
the central Caribbean Sea a couple of hundred miles southeast of
Jamaica. The associated shower and thunderstorm activity are
beginning to show some signs of organization. Environmental
conditions are expected to be conducive for additional development,
and a tropical depression is likely to form within the next day or
two. The system should move west northwestward at 10 to 15 mph
across the central and western Caribbean Sea today through Tuesday,
and then move into the southern or southeastern Gulf of Mexico on
Tuesday night and Wednesday. Locally heavy rainfall and gusty
winds will be possible across portions of Hispaniola, Jamaica, Cuba,
and the Cayman Islands during the next few days, and interests on
those islands should monitor the progress of this disturbance.
If it continues to develop it will become Tropical Depression 26 as storm activity in the Caribbean Sea increases. This is expected as storms are known to develop in this region during the early and late months of the annual hurricane season.
Residents are encouraged to remain vigilant and monitor the movement of these by periodically checking reliable media outlets