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Another hurricane threat to southern US

Another hurricane threat to southern US
From Al Jazeera - October 5, 2017

A developing tropical depression has formed in the southwestern Caribbean and it has the potential to cause considerable disruption in both Central America and the US states of Florida and Alabama.

Tropical Depression 16 (TD16), to give it its full name, was 120km to the southeast of Puerto Cabezas, at 06GMT. It was heading northwest at 9 kilometres per hour. This track, which is expected to continue over the next 36 hours, will result in TD16 posing a threat to Honduras and Mexicos Yucatan Peninsula, before strengthening as it heads across the Gulf of Mexico.

Winds within the system are relatively light, with sustained winds of 55 kilometres per hour. The main threat from TD16 will come from the warm, moist air within its circulation which is generating huge amounts of rain.

Rainfall totals of 125 to 250mm, with localized total of 500mm are expected over Panama and Costa Rica.

Nicaragua can expect a widespread 300 to 500mm, with as much as 750mm in some locations. 750mm is the equivalent of three months worth of rain. Nicaraguas northern neighbor, Honduras can expect 50 to 125mm.

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