The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) issued a warning of a potential tropical cyclone in seas very close to Cuba after an Air Force reconnaissance plane found a closed circulation of low pressure in the remnants of Hurricane Agatha, formed in the Pacific.
According to the notice note, it has been determined to name the phenomenon Potential Cyclone One, a term used when a system is not yet a Tropical Depression. According to the part, however, this will be affecting land in less than 24 hours.
The probability of the formation of a depression or even a tropical stormwith winds of up to 118km/h, is 90% in the next 48 hoursthe note points out.
At 5:00 PM, Cuban time, the center of the disturbance was estimated at 21.4° north latitude, in the extreme northeast of the Yucatan Peninsula, in Mexico.
It has maximum sustained winds of 55km/h with gusts of 75km/h and its minimum central pressure was estimated at 1,003 hPa. It is moving on a course close to north at a rate of 7 km/h, so its trajectory would take it to advance near the north coast of western Cuba and affect southern Florida.
The phenomenon already affects the western half of Cuba with heavy rains, which could intensify in the coming hours.
The NHC requested that the development of this system be closely followed in western Cuba, Florida and the northwestern Bahamas, where alerts could be activated.
The main threat from the remnant of what was the most powerful hurricane to make landfall in May on the Pacific coast of Mexico will be heavy rains. In Cuba, accumulations of up to 200 millimeters are expected, due to locally intense rainfall.
These precipitations, which would be beneficial in the face of the drought that affects the Island, could on the other hand be fatal for the very deteriorated houses of Cubans, which suffer constant collapses.
Meteorologists from the NHC warned on the occasion of the official start of the hurricane season in the Atlantic basin on June 1 that the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico could become an “incubator” for destructive hurricanes in the coming months.
Experts also fear that the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico serve as fuel for the strengthening of storms as they pass through the surface of this area.