Tropical Storm Gamma may form from 1 of 2 systems in Caribbean

Tropical Storm Gamma may form from 1 of 2 systems in Caribbean

Historically, the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico are the most-likely development zones in the month of October as the activity in the far eastern Atlantic Ocean starts to wind down during this stretch of the year.

T.D. #25 has now strengthened into Tropical Storm Gamma, the third letter of the Greek alphabet.

NHC forecasters say that some slow development of this system may occur during the next several days as it moves generally westward to west-northwestward.

Thunderstorm banding has become a little better defined this afternoon but otherwise not much has changed since this morning.

It will bring heavy rain to parts of Mexico, Central America and western Cuba over the next few days, the hurricane center said, and tropical storm watches or warnings could be issued for some of those areas later today or tonight.

Some strengthening is forecast, and the depression is expected to become a tropical storm by Saturday morning. Its name would be Gamma.

King doesn't know if the forecasted area of low pressure is anything to worry about, but it's something he's keeping an eye on as some models show the storm pushing into the Gulf, developing and then running into Florida's Panhandle, he said.

The second system is a tropical wave located about midway between the coast of Africa and the Lesser Antilles (marked with a yellow "X").

Maximum sustained winds are near 35 miles per hour (55 km/h) with higher gusts. The system is not very strong now, but the National Hurricane Center (NHC) has given it a 70% chance of developing into a named storm in the next five days. It looks as though this system will move away from SWFL.

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