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Hurricane season’s 4th tropical depression forms in southwestern Gulf of Mexico

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The fourth tropical cyclone of the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season has developed over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, according to the Associated Press. However, it does not pose an immediate threat to Southwest Florida and is expected to dissipate.

Circulation in the storm is well defined with maximum winds of 35 mpg, the AP said Sunday. The storm is moving westward.

The tropical depression is expected to make landfall over eastern Mexico before Monday evening and could strengthen slightly before then.

Meteorologists are predicting that the cyclone will quickly dissipate when it interacts with rugged terrain. The Government of Mexico issued a tropical storm warning for a portion of the coast of Mexico.

The primary hazard associated with this system is expected to be heavy rainfall, which could cause life-threatening flash floods and mud slides over portions of eastern Mexico tonight through Tuesday.

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