Last updated: 11:22 AM ET, Mon November 21 2016

Tropical Depression in Caribbean Sea Could Become Thanksgiving Hurricane

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | November 21, 2016

Tropical Depression in Caribbean Sea Could Become Thanksgiving Hurricane

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A tropical depression continues to form in the southwest Caribbean Sea, threatening to become a rare Thanksgiving hurricane before making landfall in Nicaragua or Costa Rica.

According to Weather.com, Tropical Depression Sixteen is currently located around 300 miles east of the Nicaraguan Caribbean coast, but it is expected to move westward towards the coast of Nicaragua or Costa Rica due to an incoming high-pressure system.

As the wind shear relaxes later this week, meteorologists expect the tropical depression to become a rare, late-season hurricane. The possible result would be heavy rain causing flooding and mudslides in Central America, including Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Honduras and Belize.

The possible hurricane—to be dubbed Otto if the formation comes to fruition—would weaken rapidly after making landfall, and any wind or storm surge impact would depend on the strength of the system.

Storms of this type in November are uncommon due to the temperature of the water. In the western Caribbean Sea, though, the water is still warm and conducive to the formation of a possible hurricane.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, there have only been 19 storms of at least tropical storm strength which have formed on or after Nov. 21 dating to 1950.

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