Tropical Depression Two Forms in Caribbean

June 17, 2013

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Be on the watch for weather updates on Tropical Depression Two (this is the second major Tropical Depression of the 2013 Hurricane season). Although this storm formed in the Caribbean Sea, weather analysts suggest that it has the potential to emerge in northeastern Mexico and could even travel into parts of southern Texas.

Currently, Tropical Depression Two is expected to move west into parts of Belize and the Yucatan Peninsula over the next 24 hours. Weather analysts believe that it may eventually emerge into the Bay of Campeche on the southwestern Gulf of Mexico. According to the Washington Post, if the storm hits the Bay of Campeche it could intensify creating a major Hurricane.

But what is a Tropical Depression? And what types of effects could it have on those who live in its path?

A Tropical Depression is a storm system that includes clouds, showers, and thunderstorms that originate in the Tropics. It is characterized by its heavy wind patterns (up to 38 mph) that blow around a center of low pressure that creates a closed circulation. This means that Tropical Depressions produce heavy rain and strong winds that could damage homes, create power outages, and cause flooding.

NOAA and weatherchannel.com will be monitoring the strength of the storm and will have up-to-date information on the route the storm travels. For more information on Tropical Depression Two check out these news stories:

http://www.weather.com/news/weather-hurricanes/tropical-depression-storm-two-20130617

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/refresh/graphics_at2+shtml/145641.shtml?3day?large

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