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Tropical Storm Delta strengthens, while Gamma weakens Monday afternoon

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is closely monitoring Tropical Storm Gamma and Tropical Storm Delta.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — It may seem like things have calmed down in the tropics. But now is not the time to let our guard down.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is closely monitoring Tropical Storm Gamma and Tropical Storm Delta.

Tropical Storm Gamma

Tropical Storm Gamma made landfall Saturday afternoon near Tulum, Mexico.

Gamma continues to weaken Monday evening with maximum sustained winds of 35-mph and is currently southwest at 5 mph just north of the Yucatan Peninsula.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for locations north and west of Cancun to Dzilam, Mexico.

Gamma will bring heavy rains and possible flash flooding over parts of southeastern Mexico, Central America and western Cuba.

RELATED: Tropical Depression 25 becomes Tropical Storm Gamma in the Caribbean

Tropical Storm Delta

Monday morning Tropical Depression 26 strengthened into Tropical Storm Delta in the northwest Caribbean. It is forecast to continue strengthening over the next few days could reach Category 3 hurricane strength as it approaches the central Gulf Coast.

Delta is currently forecast to make landfall along the central Gulf coast on Friday. Delta will become the fifth named storm and potentially the third hurricane this year to make landfall along this portion of the Gulf Coast. The other storms were Cristobal, Laura, Marco and Sally.

Tropical Storm Delta is moving west at 8 mph. It has sustained winds of 70 mph. 

A tropical storm warning has been issued for the Cayman Islands, and hurricane and tropical storm watches are in effect for parts of Cuba and Isle of Youth.

Don’t forget, we still have two months of hurricane season left, so we’ll need to stay aware through Nov. 30.

We have had 24 named storms this year, including three Greek letter storms.

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