First tropical system of season churns in Caribbean

By Gay Nagle Myers

MIAMI -- A low-pressure system, which is stirring things up in the northwestern Caribbean between Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, could develop into tropical depression Arthur over the Memorial Day weekend if it makes landfall, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The six-month hurricane season does not officially begin until June 1, but Mother Nature often overrides the calendar.

Flooding is expected in Cuba, Jamaica and possibly the Bahamas and South Florida.

The official forecast for the 2002 season calls for nine to 13 named storms, including six to eight hurricanes and two to three major hurricanes.

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