By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun
11:29 AM EDT, September 12, 2013
The tropical system known as Gabrielle has again weakened into a tropical depression, while another system in the Gulf of Mexico could form into Tropical Storm Ingrid within the next few days.
Gabrielle was downgraded for a second time late Wednesday. As of Thursday morning, it had maximum winds of 40 mph about 200 miles northwest of Bermuda. The system is expected to fall apart as it moves northward toward Nova Scotia.
A system just west of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula is meanwhile strengthening, according to the National Hurricane Center. Forecasters give it a high chance, about 80 percent, of forming into Tropical Storm Ingrid over the next five days.
They cautioned it could bring heavy rains and mudslides to eastern Mexico. The Weather Underground calls it a "dangerous" system that is forecast to make landfall on the Mexican coast, possibly near the Texas border.
Hurricane Humberto is meanwhile going strong, for now. The storm had 85 mph winds and was 400 miles northwest of the Cape Verde Islands as of Thursday morning. But as it moves into cooler waters and less favorable winds, it is expected to weaken into a tropical storm and eventually a depression before affecting any land.
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