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New Tropical Depression formed Caribbean could become Hurricane Delta

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ABC NewsBy MAX GOLEMBO, ABC News

(NEW YORK) — Tropical Storm Delta formed this morning in the Caribbean near Jamaica and is forecast to become Hurricane this week as it moves into the Gulf of Mexico.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Gamma in the southern Gulf of Mexico has made landfall near Tulum, Mexico, over the weekend as a strong Tropical Storm with winds of 70 mph.

Several people died in Mexico because of Gamma with damage and flooding reported on the Yucatan Peninsula.

Gamma is not looking good and has become more disorganized, but Tropical Storm Delta is strengthening and is now looking more organized on the satellite images.

Tropical Storm Delta is the earliest 25th named storm ever recorded in the Atlantic Basin, the only other year we had 25th named storm was in 2005 and it was not until November 15.

Hurricane Watch has been issued for the western tip of Cuba for Tuesday evening and night as Delta is expected to become hurricane as it moves through.

By the end of the week, National Hurricane Center is forecasting hurricane Delta to be in the Gulf of Mexico approaching the Gulf Coast states as a strong Category 1 or even 2 hurricane.

It is too early to say where Delta will make landfall along the Gulf Coast, but anyone living in the threatened area should monitor the latest forecast.

Tropical Storm Gamma is not forecast to do much but should still meander in the southern Gulf near the Yucatan Peninsula and bring the region more rain.

Gamma is expected to weaken to a depression by Wednesday night into Thursday and possibly dissipate on Thursday night into Friday in the middle of the Gulf. At this point, there is no threat to the U.S. from Gamma.

Meanwhile in the West, dozens of fires continue to burn and some areas are still experiencing gusty winds of 30 to 40 mph, especially in the Rockies where there are Red Flag Warnings.

In hard hit California, winds are below the warning criteria but it is still dry, warm and blustery.

An Air Quality Alert has been issued for a large part of California due to all the smoke from the wildfires affecting air quality.

There is some good news for the West and California as a much cooler and more humid air mass will move into the area by the end of the week with temperatures dropping from the 90s into the 70s.

In addition to the cooler air mass, rain is forecast for the West, including northern California, Oregon and Washington, with some areas in Nothern Californa could get 1 to 2 inches of much needed rainfall.

Elsewhere, more than 3 inches of much needed rain is possible in Oregon and Washington.

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