PALM BAY, Florida – There’s a new tropical depression in the southwestern Caribbean Sea, which is expected to become Tropical Storm Nate sometime this evening.
Forecasters in Brevard County are keeping an eye on the storm, although there is no direct threat in our area.
Nate is also expected to become a hurricane before hitting the U.S. Gulf Coast sometime this weekend, according to the National Hurricane Center.
The first public advisory about the storm was published this morning, dubbed Tropical Depression 16.
The current forecast track calls for the tropical storm to make its way between Mexico and the western coast of Cuba before it enters the Gulf of Mexico.
It could then strengthen into Hurricane Nate once in the Gulf.
“Residents along the Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Florida should monitor the progress of this system for the next several days,” the National Hurricane Center cautions, “and heed any advice given by local officials.”
The storm is expected to “bring tropical storm conditions and heavy rainfall to portions of Nicaragua and Honduras tonight through Thursday,” the NHC warns. Parts of Central America could see flash floods, mudslides and rain of up to 30 inches in some places.
Maximum sustained winds are only measured at around 35 mph at this time. But the National Hurricane Center warns that winds are expected to be at least 80 mph in the next four days.
It’s also too early to see what kind of impact we will have from the storm in Brevard County, but it most likely be minimal with showers to our area.
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