Disturbance may enter Gulf of Mexico by end of the week

Disturbance may enter Gulf of Mexico by end of the week

Disturbance may enter Gulf of Mexico by end of the week

The tropical depression is now spinning along the coast of Nicaragua and is likely to become tropical Storm Nate Friday before strengthening to a hurricane early Sunday morning in the Gulf of Mexico.

The predicted track from the National Hurricane Center calls for Nate to hit the Gulf Coast, potentially as a hurricane, on Sunday.

As of 4 a.m. Thursday, the tropical depression was 50 miles south of the coast of Nicaragua.

The depression now has winds of 35mph and is moving northwest at around 7mph.

The forecast is for Tropical Depression Sixteen to intensify into a tropical storm over the next 24 hours and push towards the southern Gulf of Mexico by Friday evening.

"If the National Hurricane Center track and intensity hold true, tropical storm conditions could approach SE LA by Sunday morning", he tweeted. Our hurricane season typically ends by mid-October as the strong upper level winds that push down cold fronts also shove storms away from Texas.

Tropical Depression #16 has not strengthened since it formed earlier Wednesday. The storm has triggered flood warnings in those areas, along with a hurricane watch in Mexico's Yucatan peninsula, from Punta Herrero to Rio Lagartos. This fast-moving storm could directly impact the US Gulf Coast this weekend. Tropical Storm Nate will likely pass by the state early Monday as it weakens to eventually become a depression over the interior of the eastern U.S.

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