Depression 16 strengthens into Tropical Storm Nate

With sustained winds of 40 mph, tropical depression 16 formed into Nate, the latest tropical storm this hurricane season, the National Hurricane Center reported Thursday morning.

 

The storm is expected to intensify into a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico early Thursday and hit the U.S. on Sunday afternoon according to the latest forecast track.

In its 8 a.m. advisory, the NHC reported the following summary of the storm:

  • Location: 13.9N 83.4W
  • About 10 miles S of Puerto Cabezas Nicaragua
  • Maximum sustained winds of 40 mph
  • Present movement is northwest 8 mph
  • Minimum central pressure is 999 mb


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Tropical Storm Nate 48-hour outlook:

Nate is moving toward the northwest near 8 mph (13 km/h), and this motion is expected to continue this morning. A north-northwestward motion at a faster forward speed is forecast to begin later today and continue through Friday night. On the forecast track, the center of Nate should move across northeastern Nicaragua and eastern Honduras today and then over the northwestern Caribbean Sea tonight and Friday. The center is expected to approach the coast of the Yucatan peninsula late Friday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph (65 km/h) with higher gusts. Little change in strength is expected today as the center of Nate moves across northeastern Nicaragua and eastern Honduras. Strengthening is likely over the northwestern Caribbean Sea tonight and Friday.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles (95 km) mainly over water to the east of the center.

 

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