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article imageTropical Storm Richard forms in Caribbean Sea

By Lynn Herrmann     Oct 21, 2010 in Environment
Miami - The National Hurricane Center has issues a tropical storm advisory for newly-formed Tropical Storm Richard, located in the Caribbean Sea, which could strengthen and develop into a hurricane by Saturday.
Based in Miami, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) issued a report stating that, as of 11 a.m. EDT on Thursday, TS Richard was located about 220 miles southeast of Grand Cayman, with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph. The storm is moving in a southeast direction at 6 mph.
Over the course of the next 48 hours the storm is expected to take a gradual turn toward the south, southwest and west, maintaining a slow forward speed.
Tropical storm Richard is forecast to gain strength, possibly developing into a hurricane over the weekend. The Thursday morning report states tropical force winds extend outward to 105 miles, mainly east of the storm’s center.
TS Richard is expected to remain over the Caribbean Sea for the remainder of this week and could produce rainfall accumulations of 4 to 8 inches over Jamaica with as much as 12 inches falling in high terrain areas. Residents there are urged to use caution as the storm could produce flash floods and mud slides, all life threatening.
The NHC’s Cone of Uncertainty shows the storm becoming a hurricane before making landfall on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula early next week, passing over and entering the Gulf of Mexico as a tropical storm.
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