FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Tropical Depression Three formed in the southern Gulf of Mexico Monday afternoon.
It became Tropical Storm Cristobal Tuesday afternoon with maximum winds of 40 mph
It is churning in the Bay of Campeche which is about 150 miles west-southwest of Campeche, Mexico.
According to the National Hurricane Center, it is expected to move north into the Gulf of Mexico by the weekend.
The exact track and timing is unknown at this time.
Flash flooding and mudslides are expected for southern Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.
Tropical storm force winds will occur along the coast of Mexico, from Veracruz to Campeche.
Cristobal formed from the remnants of Tropical Storm Amanda that developed in the eastern Pacific over the weekend.
Cristobal is the earliest C-named storm to develop since records began in 1851.
Monday was the first day of the Atlantic hurricane season which runs through November 30.
It is the six consecutive year with two named systems before the start of hurricane season.
Researchers at Colorado State University, NC State and NOAA suggest it will be an active year for tropical storms and hurricanes for the Atlantic Basin.