Cancun, Riviera Maya, Q.R. — UPDATED: The disturbance that has been monitored in the Atlantic for several days has evolved into Tropical Storm Nana. According to the NOAA, as of September 1, Nana remains 1,130 kms from the coast of Quintana Roo and has a trajectory set toward south of Belize. Civil Protection says that for now, the state of Quintana Roo is without any form of storm alert, however, they will continue to monitor Nana.
Original: A low pressure system in the Caribbean Sea continues with an 80 percent probability of evolving into a tropical depression in coming days, says the head of Civil Protection, adding that of the 14 tropical systems that have formed already this year, only four have reached hurricane status.
Adrián Martínez Ortega, the director general of the State Coordination of Civil Protection (COEPROC), says that the disturbance is located approximately 1,230 kilometres from the coast of Quintana Roo and continues to maintain an 80 percent chance of developing into a tropical depression.
“A wide zone of low pressure associated with a tropical wave over the central Caribbean Sea has changed little in organization since yesterday. However, environmental conditions are expected to gradually become more conducive for the development of a cyclonic system, so a tropical depression is likely to form over the next few days as the system moves west at a speed of 28 km/h.
“The progress of this formation disturbance in five days is high, 80 percent. Citizens are asked to stay informed through official sources and avoid paying attention to rumors,” said Martínez Ortega.
“We are entering the months with the greatest hydrometeorological activity, such as September and October, so we are attentive and permanently monitoring the tropical systems that may arise,” he added.
He explained that the rainy season of tropical cyclones includes the months of June to November, and that to date, 14 tropical systems have formed in the Atlantic, of which nine have evolved into tropical storms and four into hurricanes.
He said that this year, the formation of tropical systems includes Arthur, Bertha, Cristóbal, Dolly, Edouard, Fay, Gonzalo, Hanna, Isaías, Josephine, Kyle, Laura and Marco, as well as a tropical depression that did not evolve so they did not give it a name. The National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida for this year, forecast 15 to 19 tropical systems, but has provided a new forecast of 19 to 25.
“We maintain constant vigilance when the possible formation of a hydrometeorological phenomenon occurs, as well as contact with federal authorities of Civil Protection, the government and the National Meteorological Service to analyze the possible trajectories and their risk involved in order to guarantee the safeguarding of the people of Quintana Roo,” said Martínez Ortega.
He reminds people to stay informed via official sources to avoid spreading rumors and generating panic among the population.