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Gulf of Mexico Showers Heighten Risk of First Atlantic Storm

  • Tropical storm watch likely to be posted for Florida Thursday
  • Storm would be Atlantic’s first system of hurricane season
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A patch of showers and thunderstorms across Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and the western Caribbean Sea continues to edge toward becoming the Atlantic’s first storm of the 2022 hurricane season. 

The system, getting a boost from the remnants of Pacific Hurricane Agatha, could organize enough later Thursday to require tropical storm watches or warnings across western Cuba and southern Florida, according to Jack Beven, a senior hurricane specialist at the US National Hurricane Center. It currently has an 80% chance of developing into a tropical system in the next two days.