Tropical Depression Nine Forms in the Gulf of Mexico, Slowly Moves Toward Landfall
Fresh off the heels of Hurricane Gonzalo, another tropical depression has formed in the Atlantic Basin. Tropical Depression Nine formed late Tuesday night and is currently packing winds of 35-mph, it’s expected to be a tropical storm by Wednesday evening.
The storm is nearly stationary at the moment, but it’s likely to start moving — slowly — in an easterly direction within the next few hours. T.D. Nine is located about 130 miles west-southwest of Campeche. Tropical storm watches are in effect, in Mexico, from Celestun to Frontera.
Given T.D. Nine’s proxinity to land, very little strengthening is expected in the coming days. While wind won’t be a huge threat, the slow forward motion of the storm could dump huge amounts of rain on the Yucatan Peninsula. As much as 6 to 10 inches of rain are possible though the end of the weekend, in some locations.
The latest National Hurricane Center Forecast has the storm taking two days to cross the Yucatan and in that time, significant amounts of rain could fall. Flash flooding in the Yucatan, Belize and Northern Guatemala will be a serious concern.
If you have travel plans to Cancun or Cozumel, it doesn’t look like the resort areas of the “Mexican Riviera” will be heavily impacted at this time. But, it’s best to monitor the progress of the storm in the coming days.
WeatherNation meteorologists will be keeping an eye on the depression and we’ll bring you the latest as it becomes available.
Meteorologist Alan Raymond