Tropical Storm Nate likely to form from system in Caribbean

Villagers in India seek refuge in a ‘multipurpose storm shelter’ during a 2013 tropical storm

Villagers in India seek refuge in a ‘multipurpose storm shelter’ during a 2013 tropical storm

A newly formed tropical depression in the Caribbean Sea could strengthen into a hurricane and move north into the Gulf of Mexico by the weekend, the National Hurricane Centre has said.

The storm is expected to pick up speed as it continues moving northwest on Thursday and Friday.

Tropical Depression 16, churning over warm Caribbean water Wednesday, was poised to become Tropical Storm Nate sometime in the coming hours.

The tropical storm could reach hurricane status as early as Saturday while entering the Gulf of Mexico.

Thursday's 5 a.m. update from National Hurricane Center shifts the storm track slightly towards the west.

"Residents along the Gulf Coast from Louisiana through the Florida Panhandle should monitor the progress of Nate and heed any advice given by local officials", said the advisory.

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

A Tropical storm warning has been issued for parts of Central America.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA- Tropical Depression 16 remains unamed as of the 11 p.m.

The system could approach hurricane strength as it approaches the Yucatan Peninsula late Friday into Saturday.

It could strike southern Louisiana early Sunday morning in the vicinity of New Orleans with sustained winds between 74 and 110 miles per hour. Stay with Storm Team 3 as we track the storm, and download the Storm Team 3 weather app for the latest on Tropical Storm Nate.

Bottom line: We're still a bit too far out to determine potential impacts for states in the gulf, but early signs are boding well for Texas.

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