A new alert has gone out from the National Weather Service regarding tropical storm activity. The note signals that Tropical Depression Two has formed in the 2013 hurricane season. The storm’s current location is north of Honduras and El Salvador and heading toward Belize.
We already have seen official projections from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that the 2013 hurricane season could be very strong with many storms. We have already had one tropical storm so far, as Andrea hit the northern part of Florida.
NOAA currently projects that this depression will cross land by the base of the Yucatan Peninsula before going back out into the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday. NOAA currently projects that this system will become a tropical storm (wind speed between 39 mph and 73 mph) on or before Thursday morning as it begins to make landfall in Mexico on Thursday.
Today’s alert is after winds reached the 30 knots, or 35 miles per hour level. As a reminder, this system certainly does not have to follow the projected storm cone, and it could get stronger or dissipate. If this depression becomes a formal tropical storm, then it likely will get the name Tropical Storm Barry, according to the scheduled names.