A strong tropical storm, or possibly a hurricane, is forecast to approach the Yucatan Peninsula by late Saturday.
Strong winds and flooding rainfall are possible impacts in the Yucatan this weekend, starting on the Caribbean side, forecasters at The Weather Channel said this morning.
For now, the storm is referred to as Tropical Depression 14. Once it becomes a tropical storm, it will be named either Laura or Marco. It is expected to first impact parts of Central America and Mexico as a tropical storm before emerging into the western Gulf of Mexico. It could affect parts of the U.S. Gulf Coast next week.
This latest tropical depression was centered Thursday morning more than 200 miles east of the border between Nicaragua and Honduras. It’s located well to the west of Tropical Depression 13, which is further out in the Atlantic Ocean.
For now, Tropical Depression 14 is generating widespread showers and thunderstorms along with gusty winds in the central Caribbean south of Jamaica.
Beyond the Caribbean, the forecast is uncertain, according to The Weather Channel, but the latest National Hurricane Center forecast calls for the system to remain a tropical storm as it moves through the western Gulf of Mexico.
It is too early to know what damage the storm could do in the United States next week.