Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Tropical Depression No. 11

As of 1 p.m., the entire east coast of Nicaragua is under a tropical storm warning, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The culprit: Tropical Depression No. 11, which is moving west-northwest at 7 mph about 100 miles east of Bluefields, Nicaragua.

Maximum sustained winds are 35 mph, just a few notches below tropical storm force.

An expected slower motion should prompt a turn toward the northwest, putting its forecast track in line for the Gulf of Mexico in a few days. One computer model has it on a path toward New Orleans.

Rainfall from this system could total as much as 25 inches in parts of Nicaragua. Forecasters warn of life-threatening flash floods and mud slides.

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