A tropical wave in the west-central Caribbean has become better organized and may become a tropical depression, according to the National Hurricane Center.
According to the 2 p.m. update, the wave located about 200 miles east of Cape Gracias a Dios, Nicaragua continues to show signs of organizing and has a 80 percent cance of becoming a tropical cyclone within the next 48 hours.
A Hurricane Hunter plane was scheduled to investigate the wave Thursday afternoon, but experienced mechanical problems and had to return to base, the hurricane center said.
The system is moving generally westward at 10 to 15 mph.
Forecasters said interests along the coast of Honduras, Nicaragua, Belilze and the eastern Yucatan should monitor the wave's progress.
The disturbance, which has been on the hurricane center's radar for the past several days, is of little concern to Florida at this time.
The next named storm will be Harvey.
Potentially, the wave could intensify into a hurricane before it makes landfall on Friday in the vicinity of Nicaragua or Honduras, according to Jeff Masters of Weather Underground.
The hurricane center also is tracking a large tropical wave located between the Cape Verde Islands and the Lesser Antilles. At 2 p.m. it was continuing to produce limited shower acitiviy and no significant development was expected during the next couple of days, according to forecasters.
The wave is moving westward at 15 mph.
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