CUB | Jun 2, 2023

Cuba issues cyclone warning as Tropical Depression 2 forms in Gulf of Mexico

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Satellite imagery of Tropical Depression Two in the Gulf of Mexico as at 6:30 am Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Friday, June 2, 2023. (Photo: National Hurricane Center)

Officials in Cuba are the first to issue a cyclone warning today (June 2) as Tropical Depression Two charts an unorthodox path from the Gulf of Mexico into the northwestern Caribbean.

The system, which sleuths at the Miami-based National Hurricane Center (NHC) began tracking earlier this week, remains largely disorganised and is not anticipated to further strengthen as it continues to barrel south.

As at 5:00 am Eastern Standard Time (EST), the centre of Tropical Depression Two was located near 27.0 North and 86.5 West—or roughly 590 kilometres north-northwest of Cuba’s westernmost tip.

The disturbance is currently packing maximum sustained winds at 55 kilometres/hour, with higher gusts and is inching south at seven kilometres/hour.

Satellite-generated time-lapse of Tropical Depression Two on its southerly trajectory towards the Caribbean as at 4:40 am Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Friday, June 2, 2023. (Content courtesy of NOAA/NHC)

Both the NHC and the Instituto de Meteorología de la República de Cuba (ISMET) expect the tropical depression to maintain its southerly trajectory and increase its forward speed before rapidly degenerating in unfavourable environmental conditions.

“In the next 12 to 24 hours, it will continue its movement with a course between the south and south-southeast, slightly increasing its movement speed, in an environment where the conditions begin to be unfavorable for its development, so it must maintain its intensity and even begin to weakening for the day today. The difference in its current intensity, with a very weak tropical storm, is minimal,” ISMET advised.

“Because of its proximity and future trajectory, although it is a disorganised, weak system and which is predicted to have a short life, it is recommended to pay attention to the information that is emitted about it,” the Cuban watchdog added.

Three-day projection for the centre of Tropical Depression, up to 5:00 am Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Friday, June 2, 2023. (Photo: National Hurricane Center)

No other coastal watches are warnings have been activated at this time.


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