An area of low pressure (shaded red) has a 70 percent chance of developing into a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours. NHC/NOAA graphic
By Caribbean News Now contributor
MIAMI, USA -- Showers and thunderstorms associated with an area of low pressure over the northwestern Caribbean Sea became better organised on Wednesday and the system has the potential to develop into a tropical depression at any time during the next day or two.
According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, the low was expected to move northwestward to north-northwestward near or over the northeastern portion of the Yucatan peninsula later Wednesday and into the southern Gulf of Mexico Wednesday night or Thursday.
This system has a high chance (70 percent) of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours. After that, strong upper-level winds are likely to limit development as the system approaches the northern Gulf of Mexico by the weekend.
Locally, heavy rains could affect the Cayman Islands, portions of Cuba and portions of the Yucatan peninsula during the next day or two.