Tropical Storm Gamma moves into the Gulf of Mexico
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV)- Tropical Storm Gamma weakened a little bit as it moved over the Yucatan Peninsula Saturday.
As of 11 p.m. Saturday, Gamma was 85 miles NNW of Tulum Mexico with sustained winds of 60 mph. The tropical storm is moving to the NW at 7 mph. Gamma’s current forecast has the storm staying in the southern Gulf of Mexico as a tropical storm. At this time. Gamma isn’t expected to directly impact the United States. However, heavy rainfall is forecasted for Mexico.
The WCTV Point Weather team will continue to monitor Gamma.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Tropical Storm Gamma gained strength Saturday morning as it neared the Yucatan Peninsula.
Maximum sustained winds increased to 70 mph according to the 11 a.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center. The storm was moving northwest at 9 mph as the center was 70 miles southeast of Tulum, Mexico. The minimum central pressure dropped to 983 millibars, a drop from 992 as of the 5 a.m. advisory.
Convection appeared healthier on infrared satellite imagery Saturday morning with convection more confined to the center of circulation and good banding around Gamma. The storm is expected to make landfall later on Saturday, giving it little time to strengthen further before moving inland. Regardless of strength, flooding is expected to be a concern in the region as the storm slows its forward movement. Rainfall amounts of 4 to 8 inches in the Yucatan and western Cuba with higher amounts possible according to the National Hurricane Center.
Gamma is forecast to move to the northern Yucatan coast by the end of the weekend. A ridge of high pressure aloft is expected to nudge westward early next week, forcing the storm to move more westward into the southern Gulf of Mexico or the Bay of Campeche. This storm is not expected to have a direct impact on the Big Bend and South Georgia.
The Pinpoint Weather Team will continue to monitor the tropics.
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