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Gamma Approaching Hurricane Strength as it Nears Landfall

Tropical Storm Gamma is nearing hurricane strength as it approaches the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico.


What You Need To Know

  • Tropical Gamma formed in the Caribbean
  • The new tropical storm will impact areas near the Yucatán Peninsula
  • The system will likely bring heavy rain and flash flooding
  • Tropical Storm Gamma adds to the record-breaking Atlantic season

Gamma adds to what’s already been an exceptionally busy 2020 Atlantic hurricane season. But for now, the main concern with Gamma will be for interests in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico.

As of now, direct impacts to the U.S. are not likely.

Heavy rain and flash flooding are possible over southeastern Mexico, Central America, and western Cuba.

Hurricane warnings are in effect for much of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, including the city of Cancun. 

The Record-Breaking Atlantic Season

Another area of disturbance to the west of the eastern Caribbean is also looking to move northwest through the Caribbean Sea. This area has a medium chance of further development over the next five days.

One other area in the central Atlantic has a low chance of development.

It looks like activity is starting to pick up again, and the season has already exceeded forecasted expectations. We’ve made it through the entirety of the Atlantic names list, breaking many records for earliest named storms.

The National Hurricane Center named three storms on the same day, September 18, leading to another dubious record for this hurricane season. This pushed us into the Greek alphabet.

We’ve now crossed Alpha, Beta, and Gamma off the list, all the earliest times on record for those names in the Greek alphabet.

It’s only the second time ever the Atlantic hurricane season has dipped into the Greek alphabet. We made it all the way to Zeta in the historic 2005 season.

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