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Invest 90-L: Could It Become Nate This Week?

3 Oct 2017, 2:59 pm

The short-lived breather from one of the busiest hurricane seasons in recent memory appears to be over, unfortunately.

An area of low pressure off the Central American coastline in the western Caribbean Sea, termed Invest 90-L by the National Hurricane Center (NHC), is looking at increasing odds of potential development as it drifts northwards.

The low is expected to slowly strengthen as it moves relatively slowly northward. Some of the computer forecast models, specifically the American GFS and the European models (as of Tuesday afternoon), both showed the storm becoming a tropical storm or a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico, and it could move north into the Gulf Coast of the United States late this weekend or early next week.

There is still plenty of uncertainty surrounding the system, both in terms of track and forecast intensity, so be sure to stay with us for the latest and continual updates on the storm. That said, a heavy rain threat for the Gulf Coast appears to be likely, regardless of whether or not the storm formally develops into a tropical storm or hurricane.

If it becomes a tropical storm, it’d be named Nate, the 14th named storm of the season.

The storm’s current location is in a fairly typical area for potential development for this time of year. While the Cabo Verde hurricane season, or storms that originate in the central or eastern Atlantic, winding to a close, tropical development often shifts towards the Caribbean and the western Atlantic this time of year.

Stay with WeatherNation for the latest on this storm.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi

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