Tropical Storm Stan forms over Yucatan Peninsula

Sunday, October 2, 2005

The National Hurricane Center Tropical Prediction Center has upgraded Tropical Depression Twenty to Tropical Storm status. The storm, now officially Tropical Storm Stan, is the 18th named storm of the 2005 hurricane season. The storm currently has maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour. Stan is located 50 miles SSE of Progreso, Mexico, and is currently tracking WNW at 12 miles per hour.

The storm is expected to weaken as it crosses the Yucatan Peninsula, then strengthen again when it encounters the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Current projections show that by 1:00 pm Tuesday, October 4, it may reach Hurricane strength before making landfall on the central portion of the Mexican coast.

All individuals who may be impacted by this storm are urged to track its progress as it develops over the next few days.