On the forecast track, the depression should be nearing the coast of Nicaragua early Thursday, move across northeastern Nicaragua and eastern Honduras late Thursday, and emerge into the northwestern Caribbean Sea onFriday.
Because of the proximity to land in Central America, people may have little time to react and prepare for a tropical storm or hurricane.
Check The Palm Beach Post's live storm tracking map. We'll have to monitor the Gulf over the weekend as a future storm named Nate may directly impact the US Gulf coast. However, forecasting tracks before a system becomes organized can be hard, with margins of error amounting to hundreds of miles. Several factors will determine the storm's ultimate path, but the National Hurricane Center is advising residents of the gulf coast from Louisiana to Florida to watch as this storm progresses.
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After a way too brief respite from organized tropical activity in the Atlantic, we're now getting a look at what the National Hurricane Center has officially named Tropical Depression Sixteen.
Significant development is not expected over the next 48 hours because of strong upper level winds, the forecast says.
The GFS (American Model) is putting this system right in the middle of the Gulf by Saturday evening. Alternatively, a slower front would allow the storm to travel more due north toward Louisiana on the western periphery of a large area of high pressure over the western Atlantic Ocean.
By early Sunday morning, it's possible a hurricane will be spinning just south of the Florida Panhandle.
The development of this depression is occurring in the region most conducive to storm formation at this time of year. "This tends to be a hot spot thanks to relatively low wind shear and very warm sea surface temperatures", said Storm Team 8 Meteorologist Ed Bloodsworth.