Caribbean Tropical Depression Could Become Major Hurricane; Greatest Risk Along Louisiana Coast

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A tropical slump formed Thursday successful the Caribbean and could go a large hurricane by the clip it reaches the bluish U.S. Gulf Coast implicit the adjacent respective days, forecasters said.

Both the Cuban and Cayman governments person issued tropical tempest warnings pursuing the enactment of Tropical Depression Nine, according to accusation connected the website of the U.S. National Weather Service.

The National Hurricane Center said Thursday determination is simply a hazard of a life-threatening tempest surge, damaging hurricane-force winds, and dense rainfall Sunday and Monday on the bluish Gulf Coast from the Florida Panhandle to the precocious Texas coast, with the top hazard on the seashore of Louisiana.

Late Thursday morning, the slump had maximum sustained winds of 35 mph (56 kph) and was located astir 115 miles (185 kilometers) southwest of Negril, Jamaica, and astir 210 miles (338 kilometers) southeast of Grand Cayman.

The slump is traveling northwest astatine astir 13 mph (21 kph) and is expected to go a tropical tempest by Thursday nighttime erstwhile it passes implicit the Cayman Islands.

It could beryllium a hurricane erstwhile it approaches occidental Cuba and the southeastern Gulf of Mexico connected Friday, and a large hurricane by the clip it reaches the bluish U.S. Gulf Coast connected Sunday, the upwind work said.

The cardinal U.S. Gulf Coast should commencement to spot rainfall from the slump by aboriginal Sunday.

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The slump is forecast to present anyplace from 6 to 12 inches (15 to 30 centimeters) of rainfall implicit parts of Jamaica, Cuba and the Cayman islands. Forecasters warned of imaginable flash floods and mudslides and a tempest surge of arsenic overmuch arsenic 2 to 4 feet (.61 to 1 meter) supra normal, on with "large and destructive waves."

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