Hurricane Nate could hit the Coast late this weekend

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The depression was about 200 miles southeast of Nicaragua Wednesday, moving northwest at 7 mph with winds of about 35 mph.

The depression is expected to become a tropical storm later today or tonight and will be named Nate, according to the center's 11 a.m. forecast.

The depression, which is now churning 45 miles west-southwest of San Andres island, is expected to become a tropical storm later Wednesday, according to the National Hurrican Center.

In the meantime, a trough of low pressure located over central Cuba and extending northward into the Straits of Florida is producing a broad area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms.

11Alive Chief Meteorologist Chris Holcomb says Nate is forecast to become a hurricane once it moves into the Gulf of Mexico.

A tropical depression is seen from space in 2014 in this photo from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

A north-northwestward motion at a faster speed is expected to begin later Thursday and continue through Friday night, the National Hurricane Center said. Environmental conditions look favorable for development over the next few days and it will likely develop into a tropical depression within that time.

This weekend clouds will increase as the tropical system moves into the Gulf of Mexico.

While a direct pass through the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry does not now look likely, there may still be impacts in the form of thunderstorms and wind.

Even though the GFS keeps us on the western side of this system, it still could bring some clouds and rain into the area if that projection pans out.

Forecast models are not much help solving the details for right now.