Tropical Storm Nate forms, track continues to shift west

Marsha Scott
October 6, 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. It now has maximum sustained winds of close to 40 miles an hour and is moving northwest at 9 miles an hour.

Tropical Storm Nate, formerly known as Tropical Depression 16, has formed in the southwest Caribbean and has shifted its forecast track westward to become a threat to Louisiana, and particularly, New Orleans.

A Tropical Storm Warning was issued from Sandy Bay Sirpi, Nicaragua, north to Punta Castilla, Honduras.

The storm is forecast to dump heavy rains on parts of Central America before strengthening into a Hurricane Lee.

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Tropical Depression 16 is a forecast to make landfall late this weekend along the Gulf coast. "However, it is too early to specify the timing, location, or magnitude of these impacts". A tropical storm has winds of 39-73 miles per hour, and a storm with winds of more than 74 miles per hour is a hurricane.

System is expected to quickly strengthen into a tropical storm. The outer cone of tropical storm force winds, however, could affect the islands by Thursday evening or Friday morning. At this point, landfall is expected somewhere along the Florida Gulf Coast.

Here are the Key Messages for Advisory 1 on Tropical Depression Sixteen. The center of the tropical cyclone is expected to approach the coast of the Yucatan peninsula late Friday.

FOX 13's chief meteorologist Paul Dellegatto said an area of high pressure is expected to build over Florida forcing Nate to move more northerly rather than turning northeast toward the panhandle.

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