Oct. 5 (UPI) — Tropical Storm Nate moves past the Gulf of Honduras Thursday night and is heading towards the Caribbean Sea, the National Hurricane Center said.
In its 2 a.m. advisory, the NHC said Nate was located about 75 miles east-southeast of Isla Guanaja, Honduras, and 350 miles south-southeast of Cozumel, Mexico, with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph. It was moving north-northwest at 12 mph.
On the forecast track, the center of Nate will move over the Gulf of Honduras and across the northwestern Caribbean Sea today, and reach the eastern coast of the Yucatan
peninsula Friday evening,” the NHC said Friday morning. “Nate will then move into the southern Gulf of Mexico Friday night and approach the northern Gulf coast Saturday evening.”
A tropical storm warning was in effect for Sandy Bay Sirpi, Nicaragua, to Punta Castilla, Honduras, and Punta Herrero, Mexico, to Rio Lagartos, Mexico. A hurricane watch is in effect for Punta Herrero to Rio Lagartos.
Southern Honduras can expect 6 to 10 inches of rainfall, northern Costa Rica and El Salvador should anticipate 3 to 6 inches of isolated rainfall accumulations, and northern Honduras, Nicaragua, eastern Yucatan, Belize and western Cuba could get between 2 and 4 inches.
Flash floods and mudslides could be potentially life-threatening for portions of Central America.
“There is the potential for a tropical storm or hurricane to make landfall along the Gulf coast from southeastern Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle this weekend,” AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski said.
Including Nate, there have been 13 tropical storms, eight hurricanes and four major hurricanes so far this season.