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  • Palm trees sway in the wind prior to the arrival of the Hurricane Irma in Caibarien, Cuba.

    Palm trees sway in the wind prior to the arrival of the Hurricane Irma in Caibarien, Cuba. | Photo: Reuters

The oceanic gyre is creating a low-pressure area in the region that can lead to the development of a large tropical cyclone.

A tropical storm is expected to develop next week in the western Caribbean Sea near Central America, the Weather Channel reports.

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The storm, which is taking form as a oceanic gyre, is creating a low-pressure area in the region that can lead to the development of a large tropical cyclone. Meteorologists, however, say it’s not entirely certain that the storm will generate a cyclone. 

It is expected to create heavy rains across Belize, Honduras, Cuba and parts of Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula.

Water temperatures in the area are currently in the mid- to upper 80s, the Weather Channel adds, mentioning that they are about two to five degrees above average.

News of the oceanic gyre comes after Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria left vast areas of the Eastern Caribbean devastated. Roughly 90 percent of Barbuda’s infrastructure, for example, was left in ruins. 

Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Dominica, Cuba and other nations in the region were also seriously affected by the hurricanes. 

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