MIAMI (AP/WNCN) — The 24th named tropical system of the season formed Friday night — taking the name Gamma.
The tropical storm formed in the Western Caribbean and is not expected to have a direct impact on the United States, according to forecasters.
Gamma is headed for a Saturday collision with the resort-lined coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, and it’s likely to bring torrential rains to a large swath of southern Mexico.
As of 11 a.m. Saturday, Gamma was near hurricane strength with 70 mph winds as it moves northwest at 9 mph, the National Hurricane Center said.
The storm was 20 miles southeast of Tulum, Mexico, as of 11 a.m. Saturday.
Hurricane Warnings, as well as Tropical Storm Warnings and Tropical Storm Watches are in effect for parts of the Yucatan Peninsula.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said 4 to 8 inches of rainfall are likely in parts of the Yucatan and far-western Cuba.
Even heavier rains could follow over other parts of southern Mexico.
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