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Wet, windy storm hits the U.S.

Potential for Tropical Storm Rina to form decreases
Potential for Tropical Storm Rina to form decreases

Andrea Stockton, staff writer

October 18, 2011 — A stormy patch that's affecting the Yucatan Peninsula could bring flooding rains to parts of southern Florida.

Heavy rain and strong winds expected with this system
Heavy rain and strong winds expected with this system

A large area of low pressure, which covers parts of the Caribbean and Yucatan Peninsula continues to produce widespread showers and thunderstorms. Flooding rains have already been reported in parts of Mexico and Cuba.

According to the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC), the potential for the system to gain tropical storm status continues to decrease. Regardless of development however, the system will still have an impact in southern Florida, southern Georgia and the coastal sections of the Carolinas.

“Flood watches and advisories are in place for the region, including the city of Miami, where up to 100 mm of rain could fall,” warns Rob Davis, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. “Gusty and potentially damaging winds over these regions are also possible.”

Forecasters say the tropical disturbance will be absorbed by a cold front that's moving through on Wednesday and the moisture will make its way into eastern Canada.

Conditions are expected to improve through the overnight hours on Thursday and through Friday morning.

For a closer look at any tropical activity, head to the Tropical Storm Centre.

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