Published: Thu, October 05, 2017
Medicine | By Melba Vasquez

Tropical depression forms in SW Caribbean, heads toward Gulf of Mexico

Tropical depression forms in SW Caribbean, heads toward Gulf of Mexico

On Wednesday, the government of Nicaragua issued a Tropical Storm Warning for the coast of Nicaragua from Sandy Bay Sirpi northward to the Honduras border.

Environmental conditions over the western Caribbean Sea and the southern Gulf of Mexico are conducive for development. Beyond that, estimates say the store could potentially reach hurricane strength, and could make impact somewhere along Florida's coastlines over the weekend.

So far this year, there have been 13 named tropical storms in the Atlantic Basin, eight of which were hurricanes.

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Dennis Feltgen, spokesman for the National Hurricane Center, noted that the storm's forecast is a "low-confidence prediction".

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Models had been showing this system more than a week ago, sending it into Gulf Coast states. There is considerable spread in the forecast models, with potential landfalls from central Louisiana to Florida's Big Bend region.

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It's still too early to tell what exact impact Invest 90L will have on Southwest Florida.

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. Communities along the northern and eastern Gulf of Mexico need to closely monitor the progression of this tropical system. The blue lines show areas under tropical storm warnings. Friday we may see an increase in cloudiness as the low develops in the Gulf.

On average, the Atlantic Basin, which includes the Caribbean and Gulf, experiences two of them annually from October 4 on. Belize and the Cayman Islands could also be affected.

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Following Stan's dissipation over the mountains of central Mexico, its remnant spin became part of a larger gyre that caused heavy rainfall over Central America. While that's no joke - sustained winds higher than 74 miles per hour, accompanied by heavy surf and rain - its intensity is unlikely to match those of Harvey, Irma, and Maria, all Category 4 hurricanes upon landfall.

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