Tropical Storm Richard forms in the Caribbean

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (AP) - Tropical Storm Richard has formed in the Caribbean with 40 mph (65 kph) winds.

Richard became the Atlantic's 19th tropical depression late Wednesday night and became a tropical storm late Thursday morning. It is forecast to dump five to 10 inches or more of rain over Jamaica in the short term. It is the season's 17th tropical storm.

The National Hurricane Center says Richard could become a hurricane by this weekend as it heads for the Yucatan Peninsula.

WFLX meteorologist Michael Ehrenberg said an existing trend could push Richard closer to Florida next week, but it's still too early to tell. On average, forecast errors out to five days can push a storm up to 300 miles on either side of a forecast track.

Richard is about 160 miles (260 kilometers) south-southeast of Grand Cayman and is moving southeast near 3 mph (6 kph).

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