Published: Fri, October 06, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

TD 16 could hit somewhere along Gulf Coast this weekend

TD 16 could hit somewhere along Gulf Coast this weekend

The storm is expected to pick up speed as it continues moving northwest on Thursday and Friday.

According to the NHC, a tropical storm warning was called for Sandy Bay Sirpi Nicaragua to Punta Castilla Honduras. And if this happens, AccuWeather reports people living in these and nearby Central American countries (and Caribbean islands) may not have enough time to prepare for the storm's strengthening ill effects.

Tropical Depression 16 is a forecast to make landfall late this weekend along the Gulf coast.

11 a.m. Thursday update: Tropical Storm Nate's updated track shows the storm staying west of our local area.

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By Friday, the storm will be in the Caribbean Sea, where unusally warm waters could cause it to intensify rapidly as it tracks toward northern Florida and the Louisiana coast, Fox News reported. The storm will likely strengthen into Tropical Storm Nate on Thursday as it tracks towards Nicaragua and Honduras.

The center is expected to approach the Yucatan coast late Friday, and could touch Mexico and eventually reach the USA mainland, forecasters and officials said.

The National Weather Service in Tallahassee also stated there is potential for strong winds and storm surge with this system however it is too early for precise impacts. Of the 13 storms that have developed, eight have become hurricanes and five have become major hurricanes with at least 111 miles per hour winds. We're watching two areas: one near Cuba and one in the northwest Caribbean Sea.

Forecasts show that it will move over Central America and head to the open Gulf of Mexico, where it will likely strengthen further, before heading to the USA mainland.

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