FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Tropical Depression 25 strengthened into Tropical Storm Gamma in the northwest Caribbean Sea Friday evening.
The storm is located approximately 135 miles southeast of Cozumel, Mexico.
Gamma is packing sustained winds of 40 mph and it is moving to the northwest at 9 mph.
— Beverly Perry (@BeverlyPerryWx) October 3, 2020
According to the National Hurricane Center, Gamma is forecast to track over the northern edge of the Yucatan Peninsula by early Saturday afternoon.
It will then enter the southern Gulf of Mexico by Tuesday morning.
After that, it is unknown where it will go but it will likely stay away from the U.S. mainland.
Tropical Storm Gamma, the 24th named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, churns toward the Yucatan Peninsula. The @NHC_Atlantic expects Gamma to remain a TS even after emerging into the Gulf early next week. Gamma's future is quite uncertain after that. pic.twitter.com/zi9ZfvVSkO
— Delé Balogun ⛈ (@hurricanejourn) October 3, 2020
Tropical Storm Gamma is expected to produce 4 to 8 inches of rainfall with isolated amounts of up to 12 inches in parts of the Yucatan Peninsula.
Significant rainfall is expected in the Mexican states of Campeche, Babasco and northern Chiapas with rainfall of 8 to 12 inches and isolated amounts of up to 20 inches.
According to the NHC, the rainfall may produce life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.
Tropical Storm #Gamma has formed in the NW Caribbean - the 24th named storm of the 2020 Atlantic #hurricane season to date. Gamma is the earliest forming 24th Atlantic named storm on record, breaking the old record set on October 27, 2005. pic.twitter.com/A9Wvln4VnG
— Philip Klotzbach (@philklotzbach) October 2, 2020
Tropical Storm Gamma is the 24th named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season.
It also continues the record-breaking pace of the season.
Gamma 2020 is the earliest 24th named Atlantic storm which was previously set on October 27, 2005.