Havana. August 18, 2008
AT dawn this morning Tropical Storm Fay entered Cuba via the Zapata Peninsula, in Matanzas province. Meteorological stations in this province located Fay’s center at 6:00 a.m. at 22.8 degrees latitude North and 80.8 degrees latitude West, in Colón municipality, according to Tropical Storm Alert No. 11 from the Institute of Meteorology.
It adds that Fay is currently moving in a northerly direction at about 25 km per hour. Its center is about to move into the sea in the vicinity of the city of Cárdenas, Matanzas.
It is maintaining winds of 85 km per hour, with a central pressure of 1,003 hectopascals. Fay is set to intensify rapidly in the Strait of Florida, where it could become a hurricane before touching land in Florida.
During the next few hours the showers and rain associated with Tropical Storm Fay will continue, principally affecting the provinces from Camagüey to Matanzas. These could be heavy and locally intense in some places, but will gradually diminish during the day.
Sea swells will persist on the south coast from Camagüey to Matanzas, and will spread to the northwestern coast. There is some probability of slight coastal flooding on the northwest coast, including Havana’s Malecón, as Fay’s center moves away through the Strait of Florida.
The note states that close attention should be paid to the development and evolution of Fay, especially from Cienfueogos to the two provinces of Havana.
Translated by Granma International