Hurricane Delta? New tropical storm is 'strengthening' and could make landfall in Gulf Coast this week, forecasters say
Newly formed Tropical Storm Delta is the 25th named storm in the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season.
A newly formed tropical storm could make landfall as a hurricane in the northern Gulf Coast this week, forecasters warned, while Tropical Storm Gamma killed at least six people after coming ashore in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.
The National Hurricane Center upgraded a tropical depression to Tropical Storm Delta Monday morning. The storm, which was located less than 100 miles south of Jamaica Monday morning, is currently on track to reach Louisiana as a hurricane later this week.
"Strengthening is expected during the next few days," the Hurricane Center said, warning that Delta could develop into a Category 2 hurricane with 100 mph winds by Friday.
As of 2 a.m. EDT Monday, Delta was traveling west-northwest at 9 mph with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph, according to the Hurricane Center.
The tropical storm, which is expected to reach hurricane strength, , is the 25th named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season — more than double the average of a usual season. The season runs from June 1 through Nov. 30.