Tropical depression nearing Nicaragua could still become hurricane by weekend: NHC
Tropical Depression 16, the storm that formed Wednesday over the western Caribbean, was approaching the coast of Nicaragua early Thursday, and may strengthen and become a tropical storm later in the day, the National Hurricane Center said in its latest advisory. The storm will be named "Nate" once it strengthens to tropical storm level. A hurricane watch is in effect for parts of Mexico, and a tropical storm warning is in effect for parts of Nicaragua and Honduras. "The depression could still become a tropical storm before the center moves over northeastern Nicaragua and eastern Honduras later today," said the NHC. "After the cyclone moves north of Honduras, it will traverse the warm waters of the northwestern Caribbean Sea, where the upper-level environment is also forecast to be conducive for strengthening." The storm could affect parts of the northern Gulf Coast by the weekend, although it is still to early to forecast the timing of magnitude, it said.
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