Next trop­i­cal storm may threaten Gulf Coast

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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.

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