A tropical depression formed Wednesday morning in the southwestern Caribbean Sea and could impact Florida's panhandle as early as this weekend.
Tropical Depression No. 16 formed about 25 miles south-southwest of San Andres Island. It was moving northwest at 7 mph with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph.
By 5 p.m., the storm system was 180 miles south southeast of Cabo Gracias a Dios.
Tropical storm warnings have been issued for parts of Central America.
Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami are calling for it to become a tropical storm as it interacts with the Gulf of Mexico and strengthen into a Category 1 hurricane before possibly making landfall somewhere along Florida's panhandle.
The forecast cone stretches from north of Tampa to parts of Mississippi.
Local 10 hurricane specialist Max Mayfield said the storm could make landfall Sunday morning.
"Right now, it's too soon to tell a lot about the landfall, but anywhere from southeast Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle into northwest Florida, people need to be watching this one," he said.
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