MIAMI -- A tropical depression -- expected to strengthen into Tropical Storm Gamma by early Wednesday, which would make it the 24th named storm of the season -- already has triggered mudslides and two deaths on the island of Bequia in the Grenadines.

Elsewhere, near the capital of Kingstown, St. Vincent, rivers burst their banks and landslides caused three houses to collapse. The airport on St. Vincent was closed Nov. 14 due to flooding on the runway. Rain torrents also swept away two bridges near Port-of-Spain, Trinidad.

The depression is approximately 250 miles south of San Juan, heading on an erratic west-northwest track and is not expected to threaten the U.S. mainland.

Winds speeds were clocked at 35 mph, four miles under tropical storm strength.

The 2005 Atlantic hurricane season, which is one for the record books, officially ends Nov. 30.

To contact reporter Gay Nagle Myers, send e-mail to [email protected].

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