Cancun, Riviera Maya, Q.R. — Meteorologists with the National Hurricane Center are predicting an 80 percent chance for the development of a tropical depression over the western Caribbean during the next 48 hours.
The system has already brought torrential rains, flooding and landslides to Costa Rica. They say the storm, which is on a northwestward path, will continue to bring with it dangerous levels of heavy rain over the next few days.
According to the Costa Rica National Institute of Meteorology, the region of Paquera in southwest Costa Rica recorded 400 mm (15.75”) of rain in a 24-hour period from the system that ended 8:30 a.m. Friday.
The NOAA says that the system has a high probability of developing further, possibly into a tropical storm or depression. They report that regardless of further development, torrential rains are expected for the Yucatan Peninsula as early as Sunday.
The government of Mexico has issued an advisory that reports the storm will begin to pass the state of Quintana Roo approximately 25 kilometers southeast of Puerto Costa Maya with sustained winds of 35 kms/h and gusts of 45 kms/h.
The National System of Civil Protection says that the system “favors the potential for very strong storms along the Yucatan Peninsula. Extreme precaution should be taken by the general population due to heavy rains, wind and high waves.”