A tropical wave that forecasters at the National Hurricane Center have been watching for days has now strengthened into a tropical storm with winds sustained at 60mph as it enters the Gulf of Mexico just to the northeast of the Yucatan Peninsula. Typically starting at a depression status with winds under 45mph, it has quickly strengthened from what's considered a tropical wave to a Tropical Storm overnight and could continue to strengthen to a hurricane before it makes landfall somewhere in the Gulf Coast states. This would be just the second land falling tropical system in the U.S. this year with Tropical Storm Andrea impacting Florida all the way back in early June. If it can strengthen to a hurricane, it will be the first since Sandy last year. It is currently a very compact storm, so the effects on the coast would be minimal for this type of system, however upwards of a foot of rain could still fall in locations that it impacts. The current track for the National Hurricane Center puts landfall somewhere between far eastern Louisiana and the panhandle of Florida. Here is the current forecast track.
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