Tropical Storm Richard is moving through the Caribbean Sea and is on course to hit the northeast coast of Honduras.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami says that as of 5 a.m. EDT Saturday, Richard was located about 55 miles (90 kilometers) north of Cabo Gracias a Dios on the Nicaragua-Honduras border and is moving west at 8 mph (13 kph).
A tropical storm warning and hurricane watch were issued Friday that cover the area from the border with Nicaragua west to Limon. A hurricane watch was also in place for a portion of the east coast of Mexico.
Richard's maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph (75 kph). But additional strengthening is forecast and it could become a hurricane over the weekend.
The storm could dump three to five inches of rain on Honduras that could cause life-threatening flash floods and mud slides.