A New Tropical Storm May Form in Gulf of Mexico This Weekend

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In addition to persistent rains that have flooded areas throughout Cancun and Riviera Maya, a tropical storm may be forming in the Gulf of Mexico, Weather.com reports. Those in or traveling to the Yucatan Peninsula, western Cuba and the U.S Gulf Coast should monitor the progression of the storm.

The low-pressure, Central American gyre has been the cause of almost eight inches of rainfall over the past 72 hours, according to Riviera Maya News. Streets have been flooding in many parts of Playa del Carmen, too. Mayor Christine Torres says, “We have been attending various parts of the city to deal with the heavy rainfall, but the main problem is garbage in the streets. Once it covers the drains, they don’t work very well, so we are asking citizens to throw all garbage in bins and sweep in front of their homes.”

Rainfall in the state capital of Chetumal amounted to only just over one inch, but on Cozumel, the island saw four inches. The heavy rains on Monday were enough to keep most of the 4,200 passengers on board a cruise ship that docked the island.

Since the beginning of the week, three cruise ships have docked Cozumel, bringing with them nearly 11,000 passengers, most of whom opted to remain on board. Intense rains were also responsible for the port authority temporarily closing navigation to small boats.

The next name on the list for 2017 storms in the Atlantic is Nate.

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