What is storm 16? Will it become Hurricane Nate?

A tropical depression is a tropical cyclone with wind speeds below 38mph.

Tropical Depression 16 will become a tropical storm when maximum sustained winds reach 39mph.

As reported, Tropical Depression 16 developed in the southwestern Caribbean Sea yesterday and tropical storm warnings have already been issued for parts of central America.

The NOAA’s National Hurricane Centre (NHC) has warned that the storm could reach the northern Gulf Coast as a hurricane this weekend. The next hurricane name of the season is Nate.

The latest map showed the tropical storm is on track to hit Nicaragua and Honduras tomorrow before heading across the Gulf of Mexico towards Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

The latest NHC advisory said: “The depression is forecast to strengthen and bring tropical storm conditions to portions of Nicaragua and Honduras through early Friday.

"Heavy rainfall could produce life-threatening flash flooding and mud slides in portions of Nicaragua, Honduras, Costa Rica, and Panama through Friday night. Read more updates at EXPRESS.