MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Tropical Depression 14 is close to becoming a tropical storm as a hurricane watch and tropical storm warning have been issued for portions of eastern Yucatan Peninsula.

At 11 p.m. Thursday, the center of the storm was about 65 miles east of Cabo Gracias a Dios on the Nicaragua/Honduras border.

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The depression is moving toward the west-northwest near 14 mph, and this general motion is forecast to continue through Friday morning.

A turn toward the northwest with a decrease in forward speed is expected by Friday afternoon and continuing through at least Sunday.

On the forecast track, the center of the system will move near or just offshore the coasts of northern Nicaragua and northeastern Honduras, including the Bay Islands, on Friday and approach the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico on Saturday.

The center is then expected to cross the Yucatan Peninsula Saturday night and move into the south-central Gulf of Mexico on Sunday.

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Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph with higher gusts.

Strengthening is forecast during the next couple of days, and the depression is expected to become a tropical storm on Friday.

The system is forecast to be near or at hurricane strength when it reaches the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico late Saturday.

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for:

  • Punta Herrero to Cancun Mexico

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for:

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  • Honduras/Nicaragua border westward to Punta Castilla Honduras
  • Bay Islands of Honduras
  • Puerto Cabezas Nicaragua northward to the Honduras/Nicaragua border
  • Punta Herrero to Cancun Mexico