Advisories being issued for newly formed tropical depression in Caribbean

Friday, 06 Oct, 2017

The once depression, which is now churning 30 miles south of Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua, became Tropical Storm Nate on Thursday morning, Severe Weather Team 2 meteorologist Karen Minton said.

Tropical Depression 16, which is expected to Tropical Storm Nate, has shifted west more toward Louisiana, forecasters with the National Hurricane Center said Thursday morning (Oct. 5).

Tropical Depression 16 is now around 200 miles southeast of the Nicaragua and Honduras border. A tropical storm warning was in effect for parts of Nicaragua and Honduras, with a hurricane watch in effect for parts of Mexico.

Forecast tracks from the National Hurricane Center have the storm, then as Nate, entering the Gulf of Mexico by the weekend.

This quiet stretch follows three Category 4 hurricane landfalls in the U.S.: Harvey in Texas, Irma in Florida and Maria in Puerto Rico. Right now this system does not have a closed center and is not classified tropically in terms of a depression or storm.

The depression could strengthen to a tropical storm before it moves inland over northeastern Nicaragua today. It's too early to know if we will see storms and if severe storms are possible. At this point, landfall is expected somewhere along the Florida Gulf Coast.

So far this year, there have been 13 named tropical storms in the Atlantic Basin, eight of which were hurricanes.

The current forecast consensus is for this system - regardless of development - to drift north through the West Caribbean and into the Gulf of Mexico by the weekend.