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Tropical Depression 16 could hit Florida as hurricane on Sunday

Tropical Depression 16 could hit Florida as hurricane on Sunday

It is expected to make landfall west of Florida Sunday morning as a Category 1 Hurricane.

The storm, which now has maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour, is expected to move through northeastern Nicaragua and eastern Honduras on Thursday, according to a October 5 public advisory by the National Hurricane Center.

The depression now has winds of 35mph and is moving northwest at around 7mph. A north-northwestward motion at a faster forward speed is forecast to begin on Thursday and continue through late Friday.

According to the latest forecast models, Tropical Storm Nate is projected to move across Northeastern Nicaragua and eastern Honduras Thursday.

This weekend clouds will increase as the tropical system moves into the Gulf of Mexico. "A weaker Nate would more likely impact Louisiana and a stronger Nate would impact more of the Florida Panhandle and possibly Jacksonville", Chief Meteorologist John Gaughan said.

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"This certainly ranks among the busier seasons", Keim said.

There's consistency in model data that leads us to believe this system (whether it becomes Tropical Storm Nate or Hurricane Nate) will NOT impact Texas at this time. Before then, it will likely brush over the coasts of Nicaragua, Honduras and Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.

Since the tropical depression has just formed, the track could change over the next few days. The outer cone of tropical storm force winds, however, could affect the islands by Thursday evening or Friday morning.

Severe Weather Team 2 is tracking the storm and will have a look at its potential impact on Channel 2 Action News.


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