Possible Hurricane Heading for Texas Coast

A Tropical Wave quickly formed into a Tropical Depression early Thursday just to the east of Honduras.

The new one is being called Tropical Depression 14 and is in addition to Tropical Depression 13, which appears heading toward Florida.

"We are forecasting the one heading towards the Bahamas and Florida - that system is forecast to become a hurricane as we get toward this weekend or early next week," National Hurricane Center specialist Daniel Brown tells KTRH News. "The other system could also strenghten and could reach hurricane strength before it reaches the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico."

In their 2pm Advisory, the NHC says:

A turn toward the west-northwest and northwest with a decrease in

forward speed is forecast tonight and Friday, with a general

northwest motion continuing through at least Sunday. On the

forecast track, the center of the system will move near or just

north of the northeastern coast of Honduras and the Bay Islands on

Friday and will approach the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula of

Mexico on Saturday. The center is then expected to cross the

Yucatan Peninsula Saturday night and move into the south-central

Gulf of Mexico on Sunday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph (55 km/h) with higher

gusts. Strengthening is forecast during the next couple of days, and

the depression is expected to become a tropical storm later today or

tonight. The system could be near or at hurricane strength when it

reaches the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico late Saturday.

If they become named storms, the first to reach Tropical Storm status will be named Laura followed by Marco.

photo: National Hurricane Center

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