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Potential tropical cyclone already affects western Cuba with heavy rains

MIAMI, United States. — The formation of a tropical organism in the waters of the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico has begun to cause heavy rains in western Cuba and threatens to affect the state of Florida (United States) in the coming days.

The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported that the system will affect the western region of Cuba and also the Florida Keys between Friday and Saturday, with rains that could be intense, with flooding forecast.

At four in the afternoon today, the potential tropical cyclone was located at 21.4 degrees north latitude, and at 87.5 degrees west longitude, about 120 kilometers north-northwest of the Island of Cozumel (Mexico) .

According to the NHC, the organism was moving northwest at a rate of seven kilometers per hour (km / h) and registered maximum winds of 55 km / h.

Special Notice for Western Cuba

Given the threat of the meteor, the Cuban authorities established a tropical storm watch for the provinces of Matanzas, Mayabeque, Havana, Artemisa and Pinar del Río, as well as for the Isla de la Juventud Special Municipality.

The Cuban Institute of Meteorology detailed in Special Notice that “the wide area of ​​low pressure has been better organized and has concentrated the cloudy ones with strong activity of showers, rains and electrical storms to the east of the Yucatan peninsula and in the seas to the south of the western region of Cuba.”

“Conditions have become slightly more favorable for gradual cyclonic development, so that in the next 24 to 48 hours it could become a depression or tropical storm, as it slowly moves northeast over the western Caribbean Sea and the southeast of the Gulf of Mexico,” the report states.

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