The National Hurricane Center declared Tropical Storm Wilma this morning, the 21st named storm of the Atlantic Hurricane season. This ties the record for a hurricane season, and after the warmest September on record, there remains the possiblity that the season could extend into November.

Wilma appears poised to enter the Gulf of Mexico, where waters remain warmer than normal. It could develop there into a major hurricane that might again threaten the region. Onshore waters immediately south of the US Gulf Coast are about a degree cooler than they were last month, however, so it is possible that a slow moving storm might weaken somewhat as it comes ashore.

The government of Honduras issued a Tropical Storm Warning from the Honduras/Nicaragua border westwardto Cabo camaron and a Tropical Storm Warning and a Hurricane Watch remain in effect forthe Cayman Islands. Wilma is expected to enter the Gulf on Monday.

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