AP: Tropical Storm Wilma formed Monday in the northwestern Caribbean, tying the record for the most storms in an Atlantic season and following a path that some forecasters believe could menace the Gulf Coast next week as a hurricane.
Wilma is the 21st named storm of the season. The only other time that many storms have formed since record keeping began 154 years ago was in 1933. At 8 a.m. EDT, Wilma had top sustained wind near 40 mph, just above the threshold for tropical storms. It was centered about 205 miles southeast of Grand Cayman and drifting south near 5 mph, but was expected to turn to the southwest or west within the next day.
Long-term forecasts show the storm heading into the Gulf of Mexico by the weekend. Forecasters said high water temperatures and other conditions were favorable for it to become a significant hurricane.
Reuters: Tropical Storm Wilma may enter Gulf of Mexico
Four of seven major weather models predict Tropical Storm Wilma, which formed in the Caribbean Sea earlier Monday, would slam into the Yucatan Peninsula in either Mexico or Belize later this week. After crossing the Yucatan, some of the models projected the storm might enter the Gulf of Mexico.