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First subtropical storm of year forms near Cancun

Cancun, Q.R. — The first subtropical storm of the year has been named after it was detected off the coast of Quintana Roo.

The National Meteorological Service reports that late Friday morning, the storm was located 90 kilometers south of Cozumel and 160 kilometers south of Cancún, Quintana Roo.

The subtropical storm, which has been named Alberto, formed as the first in the Atlantic Ocean prior to the beginning of the hurricane season which begins June 1.

In coordination with the Specialized Regional Meteorological Center of Miami, a surveillance area has been generated for Quintana Roo from Tulum to Cabo Catoche.

According to their most recent report, the weather services says Alberto is moving north-northeast at nine kilometers per hour, with maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour and gusts of 85 kilometers per hour.

First subtropical storm of year forms near Cancun
Photo: NOAA

The National Meteorological Service points out that the tropical storm will cause very strong and intense storms in Quintana Roo, a warning that has caused state Civil Protection to issue a yellow alert of moderate danger for the area.

The National Meteorological Service warns of strong to very strong winds in Campeche and Yucatán in addition to high waves of up to three meters in Yucatan and Quintana Roo.

The National Meteorological Service s recommending people and maritime navigation users in these areas take extreme precautions for rain, wind and waves, as well as to comply with the recommendations issued by the authorities of the National Civil Protection System.