Tropical Depression Sixteen Forms in the Carribean


Tropical Depression Sixteen
LOCATION:     12.6N 82.6W
60 MI W OF SAN ANDRES ISLAND
ABOUT 170 MI SSE OF CABO GRACIAS A DIOS ON NIC/HON BORDER
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS:     35 MPH…55 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT:     NW  AT 7 MPH
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE:     1005 MB

 

WATCHES AND WARNINGS

  • A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Sandy Bay Sirpi Nicaragua to Punta Castilla Honduras

Advisory

At 800 PM EDT, the center of Tropical Depression Sixteen was located near latitude 12.6 North, longitude 82.6 West. The depression is moving toward the northwest near 7 mph, and this motion is expected to continue tonight. On the forecast track, the depression should be nearing the coast of Nicaragua early Thursday, move across northeastern Nicaragua and eastern Honduras late Thursday, and emerge into the northwestern Caribbean Sea on Friday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph with higher gusts. The depression is forecast to become a tropical storm overnight.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 1005 mb.

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND

  • RAINFALL: The depression is expected to produce the following rain accumulations through Friday night:
    • Nicaragua:     15 to 20 inches, isolated 30 inches
      Costa Rica and Panama:     5 to 10 inches, isolated 20 inches
      Honduras:     2 to 5 inches, isolated 8 inches
    • Heavy rainfall will occur over a wide area, including locations well away from the center along the Pacific coast of Central America. This rainfall could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.
  • WIND: Tropical storm conditions are expected to start in the warning area in Nicaragua early on Thursday, and spread into Honduras late Thursday.
  • SURF: Swells generated by the cyclone are affecting portions of the coast of Nicaragua, and will begin to affect other land areas around the northwestern Caribbean later this week. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

Information courtesy: National Weather Service (NHC)

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