Tropical Depression 16 Forms in the Caribbean

Forecasters monitoring two tropical systems in the Caribbean

Forecasters monitoring two tropical systems in the Caribbean

The depression is forecast to move slowly northwestward across or near the eastern portions of Nicaragua and Honduras Thursday, and then into the northwestern Caribbean Sea by Friday. If it gets to 39 miles per hour, it's officially Tropical Storm Nate.

Check The Palm Beach Post's live storm tracking map.

A more northerly motion is forecast heading into the weekend.

"There is the potential for a tropical storm or hurricane to make landfall along the Gulf coast from southeastern Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle this weekend".

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It's too soon to say what impacts the storm may have on the US coast, but the latest computer models take it north across the Gulf, with a landfall somewhere between the Florida Panhandle and Louisiana.

Sixteen-E will move through the Yucatan Channel as a tropical storm Thursday night, reaching 17.9N 85.0W in the South central Gulf by Friday morning.

"People should begin monitoring it, but the main focus is to wait for something to develop", Norman said.

The federal hurricane center's current forecast track calls for the tropical cyclone to thread its way between Cancún, Mexico, and the western coast of Cuba to enter the Gulf of Mexico.

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The GFS (American Model) is putting this system right in the middle of the Gulf by Saturday evening. But it has urged people living along the US's Gulf Coast to monitor the progress of the system in coming days.

The exact timing of a cold front sweeping toward the East Coast will be a huge factor as to the landfall location. The dry and stable air associated with the area of high pressure will keep skies partly cloudy with only a 20% chance of an isolated shower or thunderstorm through the afternoon.

The development of this depression is occurring in the region most conducive to storm formation at this time of year. This is not an official forecast, but the models are often used as guidance for creating the projected path for a storm.

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