Watching the Tropics: Tropical Depression 25 forms in the Caribbean off the coast of Mexico

TAMPA, Florida (WFLA) – Tropical Depression 25 formed over the northwestern Caribbean Sea on Friday, prompting alerts and warnings in parts of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.

The National Hurricane Center began issuing advisories on Tropical Depression 25 at 11 am ET. According to the first advisory, the tropical depression is located about 220 miles southeast of Cozumel, Mexico, and is moving northwest at 9 mph.

Maximum sustained winds at 35 mph with some stronger gusts. The NHC says the system is expected to strengthen and become a tropical storm by Saturday morning.

The center of Tropical Depression 25 is forecast to be near the northeast of the Yucatan Peninsula on Saturday.

“The system is expected to produce heavy rains that could result in life-threatening flash floods in parts of the Yucatan peninsula, the far west of Cuba and far from the center in the Mexican states of Campeche, Tabasco and northern Chiapas,” the NHC said. .

Mexico issued a tropical storm warning from Punta Herrero to Cabo Catoche. A tropical storm watch was issued south of Punta Herrero to Puerto Costa Maya and west of Cabo Catoche to Dzilam.

After running out of names last month for this year’s list of named storms, we have now moved on to naming the storms after letters in the Greek alphabet. The next name on the list is Gamma.

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