Tropical storm Richard is slowly strengthening in the Western Caribbean. It has been dealing with more wind shear and drier winds than anticipated by the hurricane models. This weekend the wind shear is less and the dry air component is gone. That means Richard could intensify quickly into a minimal hurricane before making landfall near the Belize or Mexican coast. A hurricane watch has been issued for this region over the weekend.
Richards Track . . .
The overall track means Nicaragua, Honduras, Belize, and Mexico will be impacted the most. Heavy rain with 3 to 5 inches likely for this central American region. Visitors to the region should check with there air carriers for possible delays or cancellations. Richard does track into the Gulf, but an approaching front and upper level trough should redirect Richard to the Northeast by next week as a weak depression.
Other regions to watch are further East and likely to remain weak and at a much lower profile than Richard. The likely-hood of development is low in the Eastern Atlantic for the upcoming weekend. Stay informed all weekend on KHOU's Hurricane Central. Have a great weekend.