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Tropical Storm Marco

October 7th, 2008 Category: Tropical Storms

Tropical Storm Marco - October 6th, 2008Marco

Tropical Storm Marco - October 6th, 2008

At this time, Tropical Storm Marco is present in the Bay of Campeche and moving west-morthwest at 6 knots (7mph, 11 km/h). As of 10:00PM CDT on October 6th, it was located about 65mi (105km) northeast of Veracruz, with maximum sustained winds of 55 knots (65 mph, 100 km/h) and stronger gusts.

According to the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami, winds of at least 119 km/h (74mph) are possible, and coastal areas could receive rainfall of 15 centimeters (6inches). Marco is expected to become stronger and could be close to hurricane strength as it approaches the coast. The Mexican Government has issued a tropical storm warning for the Gulf of Mexico from Cabo Rojo to Punta el Lagarto, and a hurricane watch between Cabo Rojo and Veracruz. Some offshore oil wells have been shut in the Bay of Campeche, where the Cantarell oil field, the largest in Mexico and third-largest in the world, is located (source: Bloomberg).

Tropical Storm Marco - enhanced image

Tropical Storm Marco - enhanced image

Marco began on October 6th as a small patch of disturbed weather above the Yucatan peninsula that moved to the Bay of Campeche. At 2:00PM EDT it was classified as Tropical Depression Thirteen, and it developed into a Tropical Storm around 5:00PM EDT. Marco is on of the smallest storms on record in the Atlantic basin, as it has tropical storm-force winds that reach out only 30mi (45km) from its center.

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