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Tropical Storm Gamma Forms Off Central America

Tropical storm warnings remain in effect for the Belizean coast and the Bay Islands of Honduras as Tropical Storm Gamma moves slowly over the northwestern Caribbean.

At last report, the 24th named storm of this year's Atlantic hurricane season was 290 kilometers east - southeast of Belize City, packing 70 kilometer per hour winds. Forecasters say the still disorganized Gamma is expected to strengthen slowly in the next 24 hours but warn it could threaten Florida by early next week.

The storm is expected to produce up to 25 centimeters of rain over Belize, western Cuba and Mexico's eastern Yucatan Peninsula with isolated amounts of 38 centimeters possible in some areas.

Forecasters predict northwestern Honduras could receive 30 centimeters of rain.

Heavy rains have already pelted Honduras as Gamma pushes toward the Central American country. The severe weather has been blamed for at least one death and hundreds have been evacuated from their homes.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.