Oct. 6 (UPI) — Tropical Storm Nate is “moving quickly” northwest toward the Gulf of Mexico after devastating parts of Central America, the National Hurricane Center said Friday.
In its 2 p.m. advisory, the NHC said Nate was located about 125 miles east-southeast of Cozumel, Mexico, and about 210 miles north-northeast of Isla Guanaja, Honduras. It’s moving north-northwest at 21 mph.
Nate has maximum sustained winds of 50 mph. The storm has been deadly in parts of Central America, killing at least 22 people in floods and mudslides.
In its forecast, the NHC said Nate is moving quickly toward the northeastern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula and the Yucatan Channel.
A hurricane warning was in effect for Grand Isle, La., east to the Alabama/Florida border. There were a hurricane watch and tropical storm warning in effect for Punta Herrero to Rio Lagartos, Mexico; Pinar del Rio, Mexico; metropolitan New Orleans; Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas in Louisiana; and west of Grand Isle to Morgan City, La. There was a hurricane watch for east of the Alabama/Florida border to the Okaloosa/Walton county line in Florida.
Tropical storm watches were issued for east of the Okaloosa/Walton county line to Indian Pass, Fla.; west of Morgan City to Intracoastal City, La.; and Isle of Youth.
Storm surge warnings were issued in Morgan City, La., to the Alabama/Florida border, and the northern and western shores of Lake Pontchartrain. There was a storm surge watch east of the Alabama/Florida border to Indian Pass, Fla.
The storm will move across the northwestern Caribbean Sea on Friday and reach the eastern coast of the Yucatan peninsula early Friday evening, forecasters said. Nate is then expected to rise to hurricane strength and move into the southern Gulf of Mexico late Friday. It is expected to approach the northern Gulf Coast Saturday evening.
The NHC said U.S. Gulf Coast states are expected to receive between 3 and 6 inches of rain, with 12 inches possible in isolated parts. Southern Honduras and western Nicaragua could get 6 to 10 inches of rain, eastern El Salvador and northern to central Honduras 3 to 5 inches, eastern Yucatan and western Cuba 2 to 4 inches, and eastern Belize and the Cayman Islands 1 to 3 inches.
Including Nate, there have been 13 tropical storms, eight hurricanes and four major hurricanes so far this season.
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