Holds briefing ahead of Tropical Storm Nate

Jerome Frank
Октября 5, 2017

In their latest advisory, National Hurricane Center forecasters said the low pressure system became better organized overnight and is expected to head toward Nicaragua and arrive in the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday.

The U.S. Air Force Reserve will fly a reconnaissance mission into Invest 90L Wednesday afternoon October 4 to gather more information about the disturbance's structure and intensity.

It's still too early to determine the exact track of the low and whether it will be a named tropical storm.

Check The Palm Beach Post's live storm tracking map.

There is another tropical disturbance near Cuba that could also enter the Gulf, affecting areas along the Gulf Coast by this weekend.

Offshore rigs and platforms in the Gulf of Mexico account for about 17 percent of USA crude oil output and 4.1 percent of gas production.

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The U.S. National Hurricane Center, in 2 p.m. ET update, shows that the storm could hit Florida by Sunday morning.

Sixteen-E will move through the Yucatan Channel as a tropical storm Thursday night, reaching 17.9N 85.0W in the South central Gulf by Friday morning.

Wednesday's depression becomes the 16th cyclone in a record-breaking season that hit feverish intensity over the last two months with five named storms since August 30.

Regardless of development, this system will likely produce heavy rains over portions of Central America during the next few days. This system could bring rain chances to portions of the viewing area, so stay tuned as we continue to get new information every six hours into Severe Weather Center 13.

Emergency managers across the northern and eastern Gulf of Mexico from Louisiana to Florida are monitoring the progress of a northwest-moving storm system predicted to strengthen and possibly strike the Florida Panhandle as a Category 1 hurricane on Sunday.

We typically see up to two gyres like this one set up each year, and they can spawn tropical storms in both the Atlantic and eastern Pacific basins, sometimes in each basin at the same time.

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