Tropical Depression 16 could hit Florida as hurricane on Sunday

  • Tropical Depression 16 could hit Florida as hurricane on Sunday

Tropical Depression 16 could hit Florida as hurricane on Sunday

Both could bring rain, but the more dominant feature resides by Nicaragua in Central America.

The system, called Invest 90L for now, was a broad area of low pressure in the southwest Caribbean as of early Wednesday morning.

Beyond Saturday, forecast confidence drops off a bit, which is usually the case with developing tropical systems.

Water temperatures in the western Caribbean Sea are now in the mid- to upper 80s, which is two to five degrees warmer than average, according to The Weather Channel.

The Atlantic basin includes the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico.

Should a tropical system form in this region, the warm water would provide the necessary fuel for the system to maintain itself and even flourish.

Seeing a little more sunshine across the area this afternoon. The season ends November 30.

Wind shear is now low over Invest 90L but is expected to strengthen some as the system heads north.

Tropical Depression Sixteen has formed in the southwestern Caribbean Sea off the coast of Nicaragua and Costa Rica with winds of 35 miles per hour.

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The center of the storm is forecast to move across northeastern Nicaragua and Honduras through Thursday night, before emerging again over the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea. It could become a hurricane before reaching the United States gulf coast.

With the system now tracking northwest through the gulf, it could potentially making landfall between Louisiana and the Florida Panhandle as early as Sunday morning, said 10Weather WTSP meteorologist Grant Gilmore said. We'll have the latest forecast updates here at weather.com and will add details as they become clearer in the coming days. Belize and the Cayman Islands could also be affected.