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Gert - 2005

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Tropical Storm Gert Churns in the Bay of Campeche

A tropical wave, which had earlier crossed Honduras and the Yucatán peninsula, finally became more organized and formed into Tropical Depression Seven on the afternoon of July 23 in the Bay of Campeche. It was upgraded to Tropical Storm Gert early the next day, the earliest formation of a seventh named storm on record. It did not strengthen much before making landfall on the coast of Mexico south of Tampico late on July 24 with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph and a minimum central pressure of 1005 mbar. It moved inland over central Mexico before dissipating on July 25. Gert struck in around the same area as Hurricane Emily just four days earlier, causing fear of flooding and landslides due to saturated lands. As a precaution some 1,000 people were evacuated from low-lying residences and businesses near the towns of Naranjos and Tamiahua. Naranjos was struck by Tropical Storm Bret in late June. Gert was the second of three storms in the 2005 Season to form near Mexico in the Bay of Campeche and move inland.