Tropical depression forms in Gulf of Mexico on first day of hurricane season
MIAMI (AP) — A tropical depression formed in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday, which is the official first day of the Atlantic hurricane season.
National Hurricane Center forecasters said in a 5 p.m. advisory that the storm had sustained winds of 35 mph (55 kph) and was located about 305 miles (490 kilometres) west-northwest of Fort Myers, Florida.
The National Hurricane Center predicted the depression could strengthen into a tropical storm Thursday night or Friday.
But the system should begin to weaken by Friday night and degenerate into a remnant low by Saturday. Tropical storms have winds of at least 39 mph; anything 74 mph or higher is designated a hurricane.
The hurricane season runs through November 30.
Last year's season had 14 named storms, with extensive damage caused by Hurricanes Ian, Nicole and Fiona.
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