The National Hurricane Season classified a new tropical depression Wednesday afternoon.
Tropical Depression 17 is located in the western Caribbean Sea just off the northeast coast of Nicaragua and moving slowly toward the northwest.
Tropical Storm Watches have been issued for parts of Honduras and Nicaragua, and the system may impact the coastal regions of those countries as a tropical storm through the end of the week as its slow northwesterly progression continues. The main threat from this system for Central America will be heavy rainfall that can produce flash flooding in addition to land slides in the mountainous regions.
Over the weekend, the system may become a hurricane and gradually turn toward the north and then northeast and speed up. By Sunday evening, hurricane conditions could be felt in parts of Cuba and potentially even Jamaica.
Tropical depressions are named once they reach tropical storm intensity. At that point, this tropical depression will be named "Paloma."
For more information and the forecast track for this system, visit our Online Hurricane Center.