Eighth tropical depression of the season forms in Gulf

Katie Ramirez
July 25, 2020

At 1 p.m., the center of Tropical Depression Eight was located near latitude 26.0 North, longitude 90.3 West. A gradual turn toward the west-southwest is expected Saturday night and that motion should continue through Sunday.

Tropical Storm Hanna was expected to strengthen Friday as it moves toward the Texas coastline, threatening to bring heavy rain, rough waters and strong winds, all while another tropical storm continued to approach the Caribbean. Maximum sustained winds are near 40 miles per hour (65 km/h) with higher gusts. "Despite this, some restrengthening is still possible during the next couple of days, and there is still a chance that Gonzalo could become a hurricane within 36 to 48 hours or so", the Met Office said. Flash flooding along the west-central Gulf Coast into portions of South Texas and an increase of swells along the Texas and Louisiana coasts is also expected, forecasters said. Additional strengthening is expected until the system makes landfall.

The temporary pause on the Atlantic hurricane season is no more, with Tropical Storm Gonzalo and Tropical Depression 8 both churning in the ocean. As of Wednesday afternoon, no tropical alerts were in effect but residents in the Windward islands and the eastern Caribbean should monitor Gonzalo's progress as it could bring gusty winds and heavy downpours to those islands this weekend.

Gonzalo, which became a named storm on Wednesday, is now located about 1,470 km east of the southern Windward Islands, while packing maximum sustained winds of 100 km/h, with higher gusts, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

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The Coast is forecast to get 2-3 inches of rain from Thursday through early Saturday morning, according to the National Weather Service in New Orleans. Gonzalo is expected to become a hurricane - the first of 2020 in the Atlantic - later today.

Gonzalo marks the beginning of the second phase of hurricane season, which is called the Cape Verde season.

Tropical Storm Gonzalo was also the earliest Atlantic named storm for its place in the alphabet.

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