Since Wednesday afternoon, the storm's projected track has shifted considerably west and is now expected to approach the Louisiana coast as a hurricane this weekend, according to the NHC.
The storm, which is still a tropical storm as of the National Hurricane Center's 2 p.m. advisory Thursday morning, is expected to head toward the USA this weekend.
The National Hurricane Center said early Wednesday that showers and thunderstorms associated with the broad area of low pressure located over the southwestern Caribbean Sea continue to show signs of organization. It is expected to go across northeastern Nicaragua and eastern Honduras on Thursday, and could dump 15 to 20 inches of rain on these areas, with locally higher amounts.
Given the current forecast track, we are anticipating impacts from this storm across north Georgia.
"This certainly ranks among the busier seasons", Keim said. The storm is expected to be a hurricane when it nears land Sunday morning.
"If Tropical Depression 16 turns into a tropical storm, we are looking at receiving two to five inches of rain", Judah said.
A Tropical storm warning has been issued for parts of Central America. "Sunday into Monday, even on into Tuesday". It might reach sustained Category 1 winds of 85 miles per hour in three days as it approaches the Gulf Coast on Saturday.
"This storm has the potential to become a hurricane and impact the Florida Panhandle this weekend, and families must be ready", he tweeted.