The newly-formed tropical storm is currently located about 10 miles south of Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua and is moving northwest at 5 to 10 mph. Infrared satellite imagery indicates the thunderstorms nearest to the center of Nate are still mainly over the southwest Caribbean Sea, however, a broad gyre of low pressure called a Central American gyre (more on that feature below) has spawned numerous clusters of thunderstorms in Central America.

A hurricane watch has been issued for Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula from Punta Herrero to Rio Lagartos – including Cancún and Cozumel – meaning hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area within 48 hours. Tropical storm warnings have also been issued for parts of the Caribbean coasts of Nicaragua and Honduras – from Sandy Bay Sirpi, Nicaragua, to Punta Castilla, Honduras – meaning tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area, in this case within 12 to 24 hours. READ MORE