Look out, Florida! Another storm could be heading our way.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami is keeping an eye on a tropical system that could strengthen into a tropical storm or hurricane and post a threat to the Gulf Coast by the weekend.
Gov. Rick Scott is urging Floridians to be alert also.
“As we closely monitor this storm, it is so important for Florida families to remain vigilant, restock hurricane supply kits and ensure hurricane preparedness plans are in place,” Scott said. “Based on current forecasts from the National Hurricane Center, we expect the storm to strengthen into Tropical Storm Nate today and move into the Gulf of Mexico this weekend. This storm has the potential to become a hurricane and impact the Florida Panhandle this weekend, and families must be ready. Let’s remember, we are still in the heart of hurricane season and while it’s hard to imagine experiencing another storm right now, everyone has to be prepared.
As of 11 a.m. Wednesday, the system was named Tropical Depression 16 with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph.
If the system does develop into a storm, with sustained winds of 39 mph or greater, it would be called Nate. The current projected path has the system moving towards the Florida Panhandle.
Forecasters say conditions in the Gulf are favorable for development as the waters in the Gulf of Mexico are still very warm, which is suitable for development.
They say while it’s still early, the system could develop into a strong tropical storm or minor hurricane before making landfall along the Gulf Coast, anywhere between Louisiana and the state’s panhandle area, sometime on Sunday.