Tropical depression forms off the coast of Belize; no threat to U.S.

June 17, 2013 

A tropical depression in the northwest Caribbean Sea off the coast of Honduras is not expected to threaten the United States, according a National Hurricane Center forecast.

At 11 a.m. EDT, the Hurricane Center said the system, which is associated with a tropical wave, continues to show signs of organization and is expected to move inland over Belize and the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico later on Monday.

A Hurricane Center forecast map showed the system coming ashore in Belize before crossing into Mexico. The pathway includes part of the Bay of Campeche.

"Significant development is not expected over the next day or so. However, some development is possible if the system emerges over the Bay of Campeche later on Tuesday or thereafter," the Hurricane Center.

The Hurricane Center said there was a 40 percent, or "medium," chance that the system would develop into a tropical storm during the next 48 hours.

Regardless of development, heavy rains and gusty winds are likely over portions of Honduras, the Bay Islands, Guatemala, Belize and eastern Mexico during the next couple of days.

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