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Friday, September 15, 2017

Cuba Watches New Tropical Storm

Havana, Sep 15 .- Specialists from the Cuban Institute of Meteorology are following closely the path of a new tropical depression, the 14th such storm in the current hurricane season, which is moving in the west of the eastern Atlantic.

In brief statements to Prensa Latina, the head of the Forecast Center of the Institute of Meterology, Miriam Teresita Llanes, said that the experts are closely monitoring this atmospheric event, which might become tropical storm in the next few hours.

According to the Institute's latest report, the strong tropical wave in the eastern Atlantic continued to gain organization.

The eye of the tropical depression was located yesterday at 10.7 degrees north and 25.4 degrees west, about 610 kilometers south-west of the islands of Cape Verde.

The new tropical depression has sustained maximum winds of 55 kilometers per hour, a central pressure of 1010 hectopascals and moves towards the west northwest at 35 kilometers per hour.

In the next few hours the tropical wave must move in the same direction, inclining its trajectory towards the west and reducing somewhat its translation speed, gaining organization and intensity.

The current Atlantic hurricane season, from June 1 to November 30, is in full swing. In fact for the third time, the first weather event of this type in the year was ahead of the usual period, with Tropical Storm Arlene on April 19, almost a month and a half before the official start of the season.

Last week, Hurricane Irma, a category 5 cyclon, the maximum intensity on the Saffir-Simpsom scale, hit the Caribbean and and almost all Cuba with great force.

Almost immediately after Irma, Tropical Storm Jose, which also became a hurricane in a few hours, was formed, but its intensity decreased and it was degraded to a tropical storm again.

However, according to the latest forecast from the U.S. National Hurricane Center, this new tropical storm is expected to get strength again in the coming hours. (PL)