Storm poised to strengthen as it enters Gulf

Storm poised to strengthen as it enters Gulf

The system, now located near the northeastern coasts of Nicaragua and Honduras, was forecast by the USA -based National Hurricane Center at a 40 percent chance of tropical formation by Tuesday.

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The system could become a tropical storm by Sunday night, and warnings are in effect for parts of western Cuba and Yucatan Peninsula, according to the hurricane center.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Leslie continues its easterly path across the central Atlantic with maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour.

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RAINFALL: Total rain accumulations of 3 to 7 inches are expected over western Cuba and 2 to 4 inches over the Yucatan Peninsula, Belize, and northern Honduras through Tuesday. Isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches are possible in western Cuba.

A third area of interest has formed in the eastern Atlantic near the Azores, but this system has a low chance of development.

The potential storm does not yet have a predicted path, but NHS experts said they will be watching it carefully.

Another warm day is on the way Monday with a few showers and storms developing, mainly in the afternoon or evening. If the storm makes landfall west of our local area, that would bring winds from the south, and leave the local region with high rain chances. The Category 1 hurricane will continue to move northward, before shifting east in the open ocean.

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