Havana, Nov. 9. - The Forecast Center of the Institute of Meteorology of Cuba reported today that tropical storm Eta is located 210 kilometers from this capital and moves over the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
This weather phenomenon had little change in its organization and intensity during the early morning, although an increase in the activity of heavy showers is observed in the surroundings of the circulation center.
This indicates a tendency towards a better organization of its structure, however it maintains maximum sustained winds of 100 kilometers per hour, with higher gusts, with a central pressure of 992 hectoPascal.
In the last hours it continued its trajectory to the west-northwest, slightly decreasing its speed of translation to 20 kilometers per hour.
The center was located at 25.1 degrees north latitude and 82.4 degrees west longitude, a position that places it about 210 kilometers north of Havana and about 260 kilometers north-northeast of Bahía Honda, Artemisa.
In the next few hours Eta will incline its course to the west-west in the morning and to the southwest from the afternoon, going further into the Gulf of Mexico.
During this displacement, it can gradually gain in organization and intensity, with the possibility of becoming a hurricane tomorrow, in the southeastern Gulf of Mexico.
The areas of showers and rains associated with the wide circulation of Eta, have continued affecting the western half of the archipelago, as well as the eastern end, with some electrical storms.
According to the report, the bands of rains, with some thunderstorms, will continue to influence the west and center, as well as the south east, where they can still become strong and locally intense mainly from the end of the morning.
Given the abundant rainfall received in the last 48 hours, with the saturation in the soils, accumulated not so significant, they can cause floods in low areas and difficult drainage. (Text and photo: PL)