The first Atlantic tropical depression of the season formed Friday at 5:00pm in Western Caribbean. The depression may soon become Tropical Storm Alex as it threatens the Mexican Yucatan peninsula. A Tropical Storm warning has been issued for all of the Yucatan coast until Saturday. Here are the latest statistics if your tracking the depression:
Hurricane hunters will track the storm once it exits the Yucatan Sunday or Monday depending on the path it takes across Mexico. In general tropical cyclones don't like land masses and the storm could weaken over the weekend as depicted in the storm track maps below :
The official track could bring the cyclone back into the gulf for further strengthening next week. This would likely threaten the oil cleanup in the gulf and the residents of the Texas or central gulf coast states as seen in the cone of uncertainty. Either way its best to have a plan, make a hurricane kit and be ready for the rest of the season just in case.