Track of new gulf storm remains uncertain, Doiron says

Deidre Cruse

The track of Tropical Storm Nate appears to be south/southwest toward the Mexican coast, but that might change, Emergency Preparedness Director Laurie Doiron said this morning (Thursday).

Nate formed Wednesday in the Bay of Campeche, and the National Hurricane Center continued to show the storm moving toward Mexico, though models drawn up this morning showed a chance of a shift to a north/northeastern track.

“The storm does not appear well organized on satellite imagery this morning, but conditions are favorable for better organization and strengthening the next couple days,” Doiron said in an email. “...While the majority of models shifted to more of a westerly

track towards Mexico yesterday, there is a split again this morning with intensity guidance showing possible strengthening into a category one hurricane.”  

The official NHC track shows a track that reflects the more

southern/western tracks into Mexico. The main shower and thunderstorm activity forming south of the center supports the official NHC track, the director said.