September 6, 2017 / 2:59 AM / 6 months ago

Tropical Depression Thirteen could become hurricane in next couple of days: NHC

(Reuters) - Tropical Depression Thirteen in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico could become a hurricane in the next couple of days, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in its latest advisory.

Hurricane Irma, a record Category 5 storm, churns across the Atlantic Ocean on a collision course with Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, is shown in this NASA GOES satellite image taken at 1715 EDT (2215 GMT) on September 5, 2017. Courtesy NASA/Handout via REUTERS

The system, about 95 miles (155 km) east of Tampico, Mexico, with maximum sustained winds of 35 miles per hour (55 kmh), was expected to remain off Mexico through to late Thursday, the NHC said.

“Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and the depression could become a hurricane on Friday,” it said.

Reporting by Apeksha Nair and Arpan Varghese in Bengaluru; Editing by Paul Tait

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