Image of the Day: 1st Hurricane May Threaten Oil Spill Efforts

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The National Hurricane Center is reporting that a disturbance in the Caribbean has been upgraded to a tropical depression, the first of the Atlantic hurricane season, according to the National Weather Service.

At 5 p.m. CDT the National Weather Service issued a tropical storm warning for the east coast of the Yucatan peninsula from Chetumal north to Cancun. 

A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours.

An Air Force Reserve aircraft flying over the the area spotted a well-defined center, prompting the National Weather Service to upgrade the storm at 5 p.m. today.

According to the forecast, in the next 48 to 72 hours, the tropical depression is expected to move across the Yucatan Peninsula and into the southern Gulf of Mexico.

The storm could hamper efforts to contain an oil spill in the Gulf that began when a rig exploded in April.

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