Tropical Storm Zeta formed off the coast of Cuba earlier today, continuing the Atlantic hurricane season’s record-breaking trek.
Zeta, located 490 kilometres south-southeast of Cuba’s western tip, is the 27th named storm of the season.
The system is packing maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometres per hour with forecasters saying it will become a hurricane by Tuesday.
Zeta was moving north at just 2 kph near the Yucatan Peninsula at 5:00 AM, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Forecasters say the storm could bring four to eight inches of rain to parts of the Caribbean, Mexico, southern Florida and the Florida Keys up to Wednesday.
A tropical storm warning have been activated for Pinar del Rip in Cuba while a tropical storm watch is in effect for Cozumel and Tulum to Río Lagartos, Mexico.
Zeta’s formation makes it the earliest 27th named storm in the Atlantic, breaking the record set back on November 29, 2005, with more than a month remaining in the hurricane season which ends November 30.
Meanwhile, Hurricane Epsilon continues its move throughout the northern Atlantic Ocean, as forecasters expect it to become a post-tropical cyclone later today.