ATLANTA – Tropical Depression 16 formed Wednesday morning in the southwestern Caribbean Sea and is expected to become Tropical Storm Nate sometime overnight.

11Alive Chief Meteorologist Chris Holcomb says Nate is forecast to become a hurricane once it moves into the Gulf of Mexico. It will move toward the northern Gulf Coast this weekend.

As of 11 p.m., Tropical Depression #16 was centered about 70 miles west northwest of San Andres Island, and about 95 miles south-southeast of Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua. Maximum sustained winds are at 35 mph with higher gusts. It is moving to the northwest at 6 mph.

All of Georgia is in the forecast cone at this point

Chris says rain is expected from the storm, but at this point, it is too early to forecast just how much rain and what sort of impact the storm will make on the metro Atlanta and north Georgia areas.

The government of Mexico has issued a Hurricane Watch from Punta Herrero to Cabo Catoche. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Sandy Bay Sirpi Nicaragua to Punta Castilla, Honduras. A Hurricane Watch is in effect for Punta Herrero to Cabo Catoche, Mexico.

Interests across the northern and eastern Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Florida are advised to monitor the progress of the storm as it moves northward.

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