Tracking Tropical Depression 14: Expected to strengthen, head towards Gulf Coast

Tracking Tropical Depression 14: Expected to strengthen, head towards Gulf Coast
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Trouble in the Tropics: Tracking Tropical Depression Fourteen

Sunday, October 7th Update:

Tropical Depression has formed in the northwest Caribbean and could become Tropical Storm Michael on Sunday according to the National Hurricane Center(NHC).

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This system is expected to push north into the Gulf of Mexico into early next week and could threaten the U.S. Gulf Coast as a hurricane later on in the week. By the midweek point, heavy rain, storm surge and strong winds are possible impacts on the U.S. Gulf Coast. Currently, Tropical storm warnings have been issued for portions of western Cuba and the northeast Yucatan Peninsula.

Computer models agree that this future tropical storm will continue to move north and will strengthen over the next several days.

This system also will be entering a favorable environment for storm development because of the very warm waters in the Gulf of Mexico.

Another factor aiding into the development of Tropical Depression Fourteen is that it will be entering an area of low shear, which also aids into the storms future development.

Below is a list of the current key messages(As of 10 am Sunday) for Tropical depression Fourteen courtesy of the NHC.

  • The depression is producing heavy rainfall and flash flooding over portions of Central America, and these rains will spread over western Cuba and the northeastern Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico during the next couple of days.
  • The depression is forecast to become a tropical storm Sunday and tropical storm conditions are expected over portions of western Cuba and the northeastern Yucatan Peninsula, where tropical storm warnings are in effect.
  • Storm surge, rainfall, and wind impacts are possible over portions of the northern Gulf Coast by mid-week, although it is too soon to specify the exact location and magnitude of these impacts. Residents in these areas should monitor the progress of this system.

Stay tuned for the latest on Tropical Depression Fourteen in the coming days here on 10TV.