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Caribbean Storm System May Form Tropical Depression Tonight

Aug. 18 (Bloomberg) -- A storm system that intensified southwest of Jamaica may become a tropical depression tonight, while Hurricane Greg strengthened off Mexico’s Baja California as it moved westward away from land, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

The Caribbean showers, 200 miles (320 kilometers) from Jamaica, are moving west toward Central America at 15 miles per hour and have an 80 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours, the center said in a statement. Coastal towns in Honduras, Nicaragua, Belize and Mexico’s eastern Yucatan Peninsula may be affected.

Hurricane Greg, bearing 80 mph winds, is 340 miles south of the tip of Baja California, the Miami-based center said earlier. The hurricane, rated Category 1 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, is moving west-northwest at 21 mph and may strengthen further without endangering land, before weakening tomorrow.

Tropical Storm Fernanda in the Pacific is 1,115 miles south of Hawaii, moving west with 65 mph winds, the NHC said.

A wave of showers, about 850 miles west of the Cape Verde Islands, has a 10 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone, the center said.

To contact the reporters on this story: Conor Sullivan in London at csullivan39@bloomberg.net; Yee Kai Pin in Singapore at kyee13@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Alexander Kwiatkowski at akwiatkowsk2@bloomberg.net.

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