Tropical Storm Eta varieties in Caribbean, anticipated to change into hurricane

MIAMI (AP) – A tropical depression formed in the central Caribbean on Saturday and became Tropical Storm Eta by late Saturday.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Tropical Depression 29 occurred on Saturday afternoon about 315 miles southeast of Kingston, Jamaica.

Tropical Storm Eta later formed and set the record for the most named storms in a single Atlantic hurricane season.

The National Hurricane Center says the system hit maximum sustained winds of 40 mph by late Saturday.

As of Sunday morning, it is centered 225 miles south of Kingston, Jamaica. Eta is the 28th named Atlantic storm this season, tying the 2005 record for named storms.

This is the first time the Greek letter eta is used as meteorologists went back after the 2005 season ended and discovered that there was a storm that should have been named but didn’t.

The hurricane season has one month until November 30th. In 2005, Zeta was founded at the end of December.

More headlines from CBS17.com:

Click here to see what’s hot on CBS17.com>