The National Hurricane Center said in its 11 a.m. forecast Wednesday that a tropical depression in southwestern Caribbean is expected to strengthen into Tropical Storm Nate later today. Central update Thursday, Nate had winds of 40 miles per hour off the coast of Nicaragua and was moving northwest at 9 miles per hour.
Depression 16 was expected to continue on its northwest trajectory, nearing the coast of Nicaragua and Honduras by Thursday.
Dennis Feltgen, spokesman for the National Hurricane Center, noted that the storm's forecast is a "low-confidence prediction".
Tropical Depression 16 has formed in the Caribbean and is expected to become Tropical Storm Nate by Wednesday evening.
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The "large shift to the west now brings risk of greater impacts to the region", forecasters at the New Orleans/Baton Rouge office of the National Weather Service said Thursday morning.
"This certainly ranks among the busier seasons", Keim said.
It is too early to determine the exact impacts Tropical Depression Sixteen could pose across Central Georgia.
Here we go again - another threatening tropical storm is churning in the that and U.S. Gulf Coast less than 30 days after Hurricane Irma unleashed fury in the Southeast. Landfall would be sometime Sunday afternoon. The storm is now expected to pass over Mexico's tourism-friendly southern coast, with a potential - and subject to change - landfall forecast along the coast of Louisiana and Mississippi. Travis says uncertainty is always high with developing tropical systems, but early indications are that any rain associated with this one will likely stay east of Texas.