Before folks even have a chance to regroup after the last rounds of deadly hurricanes, another one may be on the horizon. The National Hurricane Center has advised that “a newly formed tropical depression now spinning in the Caribbean Sea is forecast to move north into the Gulf Of Mexico and strengthen into a hurricane by the weekend. USA TODAY (@usatoday) reports that as of 11 a.m ET, the center of Tropical Depression 16 was located about 210 miles south-southeast of the Nicaragua/Honduras border. It had winds of 35 mph and was moving to the northwest at 7 mph.
Tropical storm warnings are in effect along the coasts of Nicaragua and Honduras. Over the next couple of days, rainfall amounts of 15 to 20 inches are expected across portions of Nicaragua, with isolated maximum amounts of 30 inches possible. The hurricane Center said, which could lead to life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.
Gulf Coast areas from Florida to Alabama, Mississippi and southern Louisiana could be at risk for damaging winds, coastal flooding, rough surf and beach erosion this weekend and into early next week.