abc newsBy MAX GOLEMBO, ABC News
(NEW YORK) – The tropical storm delta formed in the Caribbean near Jamaica this morning and is set to become a hurricane this week when it hits the Gulf of Mexico.
Meanwhile, tropical storm Gamma landed in the southern Gulf of Mexico near Tulum, Mexico over the weekend as a strong tropical storm with winds of 100 km / h.
Several people died of gamma in Mexico, with damage and flooding reported in the Yucatan Peninsula.
Gamma doesn’t look good and has become more disorganized, but the tropical storm delta is strengthening and now it looks more organized on the satellite imagery.
The Tropical Storm Delta is the earliest 25th named storm ever recorded in the Atlantic Basin. The only other year we had the 25th named storm was 2005 and it wasn’t until November 15th.
Hurricane Watch was issued for the western tip of Cuba for Tuesday evening and night as the Delta is expected to become a hurricane if it moves through the area.
By the end of the week, the National Hurricane Center is forecasting that the Hurricane Delta will be in the Gulf of Mexico and approaching the Gulf Coast states as a strong Category 1 or even 2 hurricane.
It’s too early to say where Delta will land on the Gulf Coast, but anyone living in the threatened area should keep an eye on the latest forecasts.
Tropical Storm Gamma is unlikely to do much, but it should still meander in the southern Gulf near the Yucatan Peninsula and bring more rain to the region.
Gamma is expected to weaken to depression by Wednesday night through Thursday, and possibly resolve in the middle of the Gulf on Thursday night through Friday. There is currently no gamma threat to the US.
Meanwhile, dozens of fires continue to burn in the west and gusty winds of 30 to 40 miles per hour still prevail in some areas, particularly in the Rockies, where there are red flag warnings.
In badly affected California, the winds are below the warning criteria, but it is still dry, warm and stormy.
An air quality alert has been issued for much of California because the smoke from the forest fires is affecting air quality.
There is some good news for the west and California, as a much cooler, wetter mass of air will be entering the area by the end of the week, with temperatures falling from the 90s to the 70s.
In addition to the cooler air mass, rain is forecast for the west, including Northern California, Oregon, and Washington, with some areas in Northern California receiving 1 to 2 inches of much-needed rainfall.
There is more than 3 inches of badly needed rain in Oregon and Washington.
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