New tropical depression could strike US Gulf Coast as a hurricane this weekend


Posted on: October 4th, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK)– A newly formed tropical depression in the southwestern Caribbean is forecast to strengthen to a hurricane that could impact the U.S. Gulf Coast.

The depression, which is currently churning 45 miles west-southwest of San Andres island, is expected to become a tropical storm later Wednesday, according to the National Hurrican Center.

Residents from Louisiana to Florida are being warned to monitor the system as it approaches this weekend. The area is still feeling the effects of hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Here are the Key Messages for Advisory 1 on Tropical Depression Sixteen. https://t.co/tW4KeGdBFb pic.twitter.com/0O25OW7LrW

— NHC Atlantic Ops (@NHC_Atlantic) October 4, 2017

So far, the Atlantic has seen five major hurricanes (Category 3 or higher) during the 2017 season; two short of the record set in 2005 that saw seven major hurricanes.

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