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Oct 7 (Reuters) - A tropical storm is likely to develop in the northwestern Caribbean late Sunday and bring storm surges and heavy rainfall to the U.S. Gulf Coast by midweek, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.
It is still too early to say how strong the storm could be, but the system is set to bring heavy rain and flash flooding to areas of Central America, western Cuba and Mexico's Yucatan peninsula in coming days, the center said in an early morning advisory on Sunday.
The storm, called "Potential Tropical Cyclone 14," was about 280 miles (450 KM) south southwest of the western tip of Cuba at 2 a.m. eastern time (0600 GMT), with sustained winds of 35 mph (55 km), the National Weather Service said.
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