80% chance of Gulf-bound tropical depression in Caribbean


USA Today
June 25, 2010

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A low-pressure area over the western Caribbean now has an 80% chance of developing into a tropical depression as it heads toward the Yucatan Peninsula and the Gulf of Mexico, the National Hurricane Center reports in their 2:00 p.m. update.

If a depression and then a storm does form, it would be named Alex, and could play havoc with Gulf oil cleanup operations. Tropical depressions have wind speeds of below 39 mph, and become named tropical storms when their wind speeds surpass 39 mph.

An Air Force reconnaissance plane will be investigating the disturbance later today to determine whether a tropical cyclone has formed, the center says.

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