Posted: Sunday, October 7, 2018. 7:08 am CST.
By BBN Sttaff: The National Hurricane Center and the National Meteorological Center of Belize are monitoring Tropical Depression (TD) 14.
TD14 is located near latitude 18.6 North, longitude 86.9 West and is moving toward the north-northwest near 3 miles per hour.
TD 14 is forecasted to turn toward the north later today, with that motion at a faster forward speed continuing through early Wednesday.
The center of the depression is forecasted to move through the Yucatan Channel on Monday morning and then across the eastern Gulf of Mexico late Monday through Wednesday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 35 miles per hour with higher gusts.
The depression is expected to strengthen to a tropical storm later today.
The system could become a hurricane by Tuesday night or Wednesday.
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the Cuban provinces of Pinar del Rio and the Isle of Youth and the coast of Mexico from Tulum to Cabo Catoche.
Radar data from Belize and infrared satellite imagery indicate that the low-pressure system centered just off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula has continued to become better organized, with deep convection consolidating just to the northeast of the low-level center.
The system continues to move northward slowly and farther away from Belize.
Rainfall remains the only threat to Belize and portions of Central America, while tropical storm warnings are issued to portions of the Yucatan Peninsula and Western Cuba.
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