Tropical Depression No. 5 forms in Gulf of Mexico

By Eric Braate - Weather Executive Producer
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The National Hurricane Center has upgraded the tropical disturbance in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico to a tropical depression, calling it Tropical Depression Five. A hurricane hunter aircraft flew into the storm Monday afternoon and found an organized center of circulation with this system.

Tropical Depression Five has sustained winds of 30 mph with gusts to 45 mph. It is very likely to become more organized in the next 24 to 48 hours, while it drifts west-northwest toward the Mexican coastline. If sustained winds reach 39 mph the storm will become Tropical Storm Dolly.

The storm will continue to drift northwest and will reach the Mexican coast near Tampico late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning. The storm will pose no threat to Texas, but it may bring flooding rains to the Mexican coastline and interior areas as it continues to move over land later this week.

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