A newly formed Tropical Depression Sixteen in the western Caribbean Sea is increasingly likely to pose threats to parts of the US Gulf Coast as a tropical storm or a hurricane this weekend, the National Hurricane Center said on Wednesday. The centre of Tropical Depression 16 is currently about 195 miles south-southeast from the Caribbean Sea border of Nicaragua and Honduras. It is moving northwest at 5 to 10 miles per hour. It had winds of 35 miles per hour and when its winds reach 39 miles per hour will be named Nate. Tropical storm warnings have been issued for parts of the Caribbean coasts of Nicaragua and Honduras.
“The system is forecast to continue strengthening over the Gulf of Mexico and could affect portions of the northern Gulf Coast as a hurricane this weekend, with direct impacts from wind, storm surge, and heavy rainfall,” the National Hurricane Center said Wednesday.
Over the weekend, the rainfall amounts of 15 to 20 inches are expected across portions of Nicaragua, with isolated maximum amounts of 30 inches possible,” the hurricane centre said, which could lead to life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.
The weather channel reports that the system is now likely to make landfall along the northern Gulf Coast, somewhere between Louisiana and Florida, Sunday. It is too soon to tell where exactly this landfall will occur.