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Oct. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Stormy weather about 100 miles (160 kilometers) north of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula has a 60 percent chance of strengthening into a depression or tropical storm within two days, the National Hurricane Center said.
The thunderstorms and showers are accompanied by “strong gusty” winds in the southeastern Gulf of Mexico, the NHC said today on its website. Heavy rain is expected over the Yucatan, western Cuba, the Florida Keys and south Florida the next couple of days, the Miami-based center said. The system is moving northward at 5 to 10 mph, it said.
Storm systems this time of the year are closely watched as they may threaten oil and natural gas interests in the Gulf and agriculture in the U.S. South. Florida is the second-largest citrus producer after Brazil. The Gulf accounts for 31 percent of U.S. oil output and 43 percent of refining capacity.
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