JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Gamma has now weakened into a Tropical Depression after crossing the Yucatan peninsula. The depression is moving toward the southwest near 5 mph, and a southwest, or west-southwest motion is expected to continue through Wednesday morning.
On the forecast track, the center of the depression should move inland over the northwest coast of the Yucatan peninsula Tuesday and remain over the northern portion of the peninsula and dissipate Wednesday.
At least 6 people died and thousands were evacuated in southeastern Mexico as lashed the resort-studded coast with near-hurricane force winds and drenched Tabasco and Chiapas states, authorities said Sunday.
Mexican authorities continued to warn people in the Yucatan Sunday night as Gamma remained stalled offshore. The hurricane center said Gamma was about 190 miles east-northeast of Progreso, Mexico, and had maximum sustained winds of 60 mph.
Gamma is forecast to gradually turn toward the southwest later Monday and continue to move slowly in that direction through mid-week. On the forecast track, the center of Gamma will continue to meander offshore of the northern Yucatan Peninsula through Wednesday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph with higher gusts. Slow weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours.