Cancun, Riviera Maya, Q.R. — UPDATED: An update from the NOAA reports that the system located off the coast of Quintana Roo has now formed into tropical depression twenty five. The National Weather Service out of Miami says that the depression is expected to upgrade into a tropical storm for Saturday where heavy rainfall is expected for parts of far western Cuba and the Yucatan Peninsula.
The potential storm has a trajectory for Riviera Maya (Cozumel, Playa del Carmen), arriving with tropical storm conditions which will include strong wind gusts of between 35 mph and 50 mph. The NOAA reports that winds from the storm are expected to begin being felt in the region around 2:00 a.m. Saturday as the full storm passes over the peninsula Saturday morning.
UPDATE: According to the most recent advisory, the depression is located 320 kms from the island of Cozumel and is moving at 13 km/h. Winds of between 55 km/h and 75 km/h are forecast to arrive with the storm.
State Civil Protection has issued a three-level advisory for Quintana Roo. The agency has categorized the following by color:
A blue alert (minimal hazard) applies to the municipalities of Othón P. Blanco, Bacalar and José María Morelos, green (low hazard – cautionary) for Felipe Carrillo Puerto and Tulum, while Cozumel, Solidaridad (Playa del Carmen), Benito Juárez (Cancun), Puerto Morelos, Isla Mujeres and Lázaro Cárdenas are yellow or considered a moderate hazard.