At 11 a.m., Tropical Depression Sixteen was located about 25 miles south-southwest of San Andres Island and about 210 miles south-southeast of the Nicaragua/Honduras border.
The system was expected to bring 15 to 20 inches of rain and tropical storm conditions to portions of Nicaragua and Honduras through Thursday.
It is set to make landfall along the northern Gulf Coast on Sunday evening, as either a category 1 or 2 tropical storm or hurricane, between Louisiana and Florida.
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A tropical depression is categorized as a storm with winds of less than 39 mph, while a tropical storm has winds between 39 mph and 73 mph.
A disturbance in the Caribbean will likely intensify into Tropical Storm Nate by the end of Wednesday and move toward the Gulf of Mexico, forecasters say.
The most important part of this storm to understand is how fast moving it will be.
The center is expected to approach the coast of the Yucatan peninsula late Friday. A hurricane watch is in effect for all areas from Punta Herrero to Rio Lagartos, Mexico, as of 8 a.m. Thursday. North and SC could begin to feel winds from the storm as early as late Saturday night or early Sunday morning.
Nate is expected to remain a tropical depression as it moves through the Appalachian region Tuesday.