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Weather Underground screen grab taken on Friday, courtesy Erich Briehl.
Weather Underground screen grab taken on Friday, courtesy Erich Briehl.

Mérida, Yucatán — Much-anticipated rain is back, and by tomorrow it may become more intense, bringing with it lightning and strong winds with gusts up to 55 mph.

The Secretary General of State Government, Roberto Rodríguez Asaf, called on citizens to be aware of official statements and to take preventive measures.

Heavy rain is predicted not only for Yucatán but in several parts of Mexico, which could affect the Sunday elections to be held in 14 states.

A tropical wave will develop between tomorrow and Monday in an area of low pressure in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of the Yucatán Peninsula, with high probability of cyclonic development.

As predicted, yesterday’s heaviest downpour lasted just over 10 minutes in the afternoon. Later, more rain caused street flooding.

Indications point toward the system moving across the Gulf of Mexico, north into the Tampa, Fla., area Monday afternoon into Monday night.

“The system could be a tropical depression or tropical storm by the time it reaches Florida,” according to AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski.

If the weather system becomes a tropical storm, it will be called Colin.

This weather is typical here during hurricane season, which began June 1 and ends on Nov. 30. Officials predict “normal” hurricane activity after last year’s unusually quiet hurricane season.

With information from Sipse

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