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Tropical Storm Delta forms south of Jamaica, could hit U.S. by week’s end

The current forecast track has Delta getting into the Gulf of Mexico later this week, then hitting Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle.

Tropical Storm Delta formed in the Caribbean Sea Monday morning, the 25th named storm in a historic hurricane season.

As of 11 a.m., the storm was located about 215 miles south of Negril, Jamaica. It was packing maximum sustained winds of 45 mph and was traveling west at 7 mph.

The current forecast track has Delta getting into the Gulf of Mexico later this week, then potentially hitting Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle.

This year’s Atlantic hurricane season has already exceeded forecasters' expectations and shattered records for earliest named storms.

The Hurricane Center ran through names beginning with letters of the alphabet Sept. 18, when three storms got names on one day. That pushed the naming convention to its next phase — letters of the Greek alphabet — until the season officially ends Nov. 30.

This year could surpass 2005′s record 27 named storms in a single season. That season saw 31 systems overall including unnamed tropical depressions.

In the Tampa Bay area, humid and rainy weather is likely to stick around all week, forecasters said. Rain chances are 40 percent today and Tuesday and 50 percent on Wednesday, according to Spectrum Bay News 9.

The week's forecast from Spectrum Bay News 9 [ Spectrum Bay News 9 ]

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