Tropical Storm Gamma becomes latest named storm in Atlantic basin

Tropical Storm Gamma became the 24th named storm in the Atlantic basin this season. Previously dubbed Tropical Depression 25, the system’s maximum sustained winds had strengthened to 40 mph by 7 p.m. PDT Friday.

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. The system had initially been dubbed Invest 91L by the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

As of Friday evening, the tropical storm was moving in a northwestward direction at 9 mph, about 135 miles south-southeast of Cozumel, Mexico.

Mexico’s government has issued a tropical storm warning for the country’s Yucatan Peninsula from the coastal communities of Punta Herrero to Cabo Catoche. A tropical storm watch has been issued for areas south of Punta Herrero to Puerto Costa Maya and west of Cabo Catoche to

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