[Updated 0700 CDT] The National Hurricane Center has upgraded Tropical Depression #4 to Tropical Storm Status. The system has earned the name Danielle and is the fourth named storm of the Atlantic Hurricane Season. The track forecast for Tropical Storm Danielle remains the same.


(Original Story 0300 CDT)

Tropical Depression Four has formed in the Bay of Campeche. The forecast calls for this depression to become a named storm by later today. If it should achieve named status it would be the fourth named tropical system of the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane season. It would be given the name Danielle.

As of very early this morning the center of circulation of the depression was about 70 miles north northeast of Veracruz Mexico. That puts the system slightly less than 800 mile south of the Louisiana coastline.

Tropical forecast models do not seem to indicate that this depression or potential tropical storm will pose any threat to the continental United States coastline. The biggest threat from the system will be very heavy rains along the western Gulf coast of Mexico.Flooding and potential mudslides will be the biggest threat to life and property in that region.

Elsewhere across the tropical Atlantic basin all appears to be quiet with no additional tropical cyclone formation expected for the next several days.