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Wednesday, Aug 15, 2018
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Forecast: Caribbean storm could grow into tropical system

A storm system in the Caribbean Sea could grow into a tropical cyclone within five days, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Forecasters give the system a 50 percent chance to develop.

The storm’s low-pressure center on Tuesday was nestled between the southern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula and the coast of Belize. Yet clouds and showers from the storm extended across Cuba and into Florida, the NHC said in a forecast.

In the short term, high-altitude winds and the storm’s proximity to land will keep it from coalescing into a tropical system, the forecast said.

"However, gradual subtropical or tropical development is possible late this week while the system moves slowly into the central or eastern Gulf of Mexico," the forecast said.

Forecasters warned, though, that even if the system doesn’t grow into a depression or tropical storm, it will deliver heavy rainfall to Florida, western Cuba and the Cayman Islands for the rest of the week.

Weather Center