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Tropical Storm Gamma forms in the NW Caribbean

As of 11 p.m. Friday, Tropical Storm Gamma is in the northwestern Caribbean. This system has maximum sustained winds of 40 mph and is moving toward the northwest at 9 mph.

Gamma is expected to meander toward the Yucatan Peninsula by the weekend.

Gamma is expected to produce rainfall totals of 4 to 8 inches (isolated up to 12 inches) in portions of the Yucatan Peninsula and far western Cuba. Rainfall totals of 8 to 12 inches (isolated up to 20 inches) are expected for the Mexican states of Campeche, Tabasco, and northern Chiapas.

Rainfall totals of 1 to 3 inches (isolated up to 5 inches) are expected in the Bay Islands of Honduras. This rainfall may produce life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Punta Herrero to Cabo Catoche.

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for south of Punta Herrero to Puerto Costa Maya, west of Cabo Catoche to Dzilam.

A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.

A second tropical wave is moving across the eastern Caribbean Sea producing an area of disorganized showers and storms. This disturbance is expected to move slowly westward the next few days, and conditions will become marginally favorable for development.

Right now, the National Hurricane Center is giving it a 40% chance of development over the next 2-5 days.

LOCAL FORECAST


Two fronts are going to battle it out over Southwest Florida this afternoon. We currently have A stalled front across our area, which is sparking up a few showers and lots of cloud cover. However, an approaching cold front is going to try to bring us some relief.

As it approaches Southwest Florida, it’ll bring a small dip in humidity before breaking down as the stalled front wins the war. This will create an afternoon with mostly cloudy skies and temperatures peaking in the low-mid 80s.

We’ll experience another round of spotty rain as we progress throughout the day, but it won’t be a widespread rain event. Expect slightly cooler temperatures for the start of your weekend before we’re back near 90° by Monday!

 

 

Reporter:Brittany Van Voorhees
Greg Rule
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