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Civil Protection closely monitoring new disturbance aimed for coast of Quintana Roo

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — A disturbance that has developed several hundred kilometers east of the Windward Islands is already being monitored by Civil Protection. On Tuesday, the agency posted an update of the system, which according to the National Hurricane Center (NOAA), now has a 90 percent change of further development over the next several days, up from the 70 percent chance when posted by Civil Protection Tuesday morning.

According to forecasts, the unnamed storm’s trajectory seems to be heading toward the coast of Quintana Roo. The NOAA is also following the system closely, saying it is expected to continue on a westward to west-northwestward direction at 15 to 20 mph across the eastern and central Caribbean Sea.

As of Wednesday morning, the system was updated to a 90 percent probability of further development over the next five days. Civil Protection Tulum says the disturbance is “highly likely” to develop into a tropical cyclone.

The Atlantic’s third hurricane of the season, Hurricane Fiona, continues to gain strength as she heads past the U.S. east coast. Fiona is expected to become a Major Category 4 hurricane by early Wednesday.