Next tropical storm may threaten Gulf Coast
This ferocious hurricane season shows no signs of letting up.
A new tropical depression now spinning in the Caribbean Sea is forecast to move north into the Gulf of Mexico and strengthen into a hurricane by the weekend, the National Hurricane Center said Wednesday.
Tropical Depression 16 was about 195 miles south-southeast of the Nicaragua/Honduras border Wednesday afternoon. It had winds of 35 mph and was moving to the northwest at 7 mph. A depression becomes a named storm when its winds reach 39 mph. The system will be called Nate.
Tropical storm warnings are in effect along the coasts of Nicaragua and Honduras. Over the next couple of days, “rainfall amounts of 15 to 20 inches are expected across portions of Nicaragua, with isolated maximum amounts of 30 inches possible,” the hurricane center said.
Gulf Coast areas from Florida to Alabama, Mississippi and southeastern Louisiana could be at risk for damaging winds, coastal flooding and rough surf this weekend and into early next week, AccuWeather said.