Depression forms in Gulf

August 11, 2010 at 7:44 pm

*published Aug. 11,2010

A tropical depression formed in the southeast Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday afternoon, and forecasters think it will become a named storm by the end of the week.

Late Tuesday, the system, Tropical Depression 5, was about 260 miles southeast of Apalachicola, Fla., with sustained winds of 35 mph and was traveling northwest at 6 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

Tropical storm warnings were in place from Destin, Fla., to Intracoastal City, La., including Lake Ponchartrain and New Orleans.

A tropical storm warning means tropical storm conditions are expected within the warning area in the next 36 hours.

Forecasters expect the depression to become Tropical Storm Danielle later today.

Tropical storms have sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph.

Workers involved in the cleanup of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill were ordered out of the Gulf at noon Tuesday.

They are expected to return Monday, but officials said that may change depending on upcoming forecasts.

Forecasters project the storm will make landfall somewhere along the Louisiana coast by the weekend.

Gov. Bobby Jindal has declared a state of emergency in light of the tropical depression.

Jindal says the declaration is effective through Sept. 9, unless terminated sooner.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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