July 8th, 2010
09:40 AM ET

Tropical depression expected to become Tropical Storm Bonnie

Ninette Sosa

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/US/07/07/gulf.oil.disaster/smlvid.oilonbeach.gi.jpg caption="The National Hurricane Center predicts Tropical Depression 2 will become Tropical Storm Bonnie by this afternoon" width=300 height=169]

A weather system headed for southern Texas and northeastern Mexico is expected to become Tropical Storm Bonnie by Thursday afternoon, the National Hurricane Center said.

Currently, Tropical Depression 2 has maximum sustained winds of 35 mph, the hurricane center said in its 8 a.m. ET update. To attain tropical storm status, it must have sustained winds of 39 mph. Forecasters said the system is "poorly organized" at this time.

Tropical Depression 2 is following almost the same path that Hurricane Alex did a week ago.

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