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Tropical Storm Gamma Weakens After Causing Deaths in Honduras

U.S. weather forecasters have downgraded tropical storm Gamma to a tropical depression as it meanders off the northern coast of Honduras.

The National Hurricane Center says the center of Gamma is about 120 kilometers northeast of Limon, Honduras, carrying maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometers an hour.

Gamma has already killed nine people in Honduras and left 14 others missing. The bad weather is also blamed for a plane crash that killed the pilot and two passengers in Belize. The plane was heading towards a resort lodge owned by U.S. filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola.

Gamma is the 24th named storm of this year's record-breaking Atlantic hurricane season.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.