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Caymans Under Tropical Storm Warning

The Cayman Islands are under a tropical storm warning and a hurricane watch, as a new tropical depression is taking shape in the northwest Caribbean Sea.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the system could strengthen into Tropical Storm Wilma later Sunday. Wilma would be the 21st named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, tying a record set in 1933.

At daybreak, the depression was centered 325 kilometers southeast of Grand Cayman Island and had sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour.

The hurricane center says the storm will likely bring heavy rains to the Caymans and Jamaica.

Long-range forecasts show the storm possibly moving into the Gulf of Mexico next week. Several U.S. cities along the Gulf coast are still reeling from Hurricane Katrina.