Oct. 3 (UPI) — Tropical Storm Gamma began moving inland over the Yucatan Peninsula on Saturday morning, less than a day after the storm was named.
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. It strengthened to tropical storm status — 40 mph — by Friday evening.
As of 1 p.m. CDT, the tropical storm was moving in a northwestward direction at 9 mph, about 15 miles north-northwest of Tulum, Mexico. Wind speeds had increased to 70 mph.
Mexico’s government has issued tropical storm and hurricane watches and warnings for the region.
Waters offshore of Honduras, Guatemala, Belize and Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula have become increasingly stormy in recent days.
This zone has been experiencing low wind shear relative to the rest of the Atlantic basin.