At least six people are dead with thousands evacuated as slow-moving Tropical Storm Gamma pummeled Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula with near-hurricane force winds and drenching rain Sunday. Four of the deaths, including two children, occurred when a landslide buried their home. Gamma intensified rapidly as it approached the coast of the coastal state of Quintana Roo. It is the 24th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season. Climate change — caused by burning fossil fuels like gas, oil, and coal — makes tropical storms and hurricanes worse. It is also making rapidly intensifying storms more common and may be linked to storms moving more slowly — leading to increased damage and rainfall as the storms stall over a given area for longer periods of time.
Meanwhile, a storm labeled Potential Tropical Cyclone 26 is currently south of Jamaica. The storm is expected to strengthen into Hurricane Delta. Forecasters predict it will hit multiple Caribbean nations before making landfall along the northern Gulf Coast late this week. (Gamma: AP, Weather Channel, Washington Post $, Bloomberg $, Yale Climate Connections; PTC26/Delta: CNN, Weather Channel, Yale Climate Connections; Climate signals Background: Hurricanes; 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season)