Oct. 6 (UPI) — Tropical Storm Nate strengthened Friday evening as it neared the northeastern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula, the National Hurricane Center said.
In its 5 p.m. advisory, the NHC said Nate was located about 80 miles east of Cozumel, Mexico, and about 645 south-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River. It’s moving north-northwest at 21 mph.
Nate has maximum sustained winds of 60 mph, strengthening about 10 mph in the past few hours. 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.
Since its last forecast at 2 p.m., the NHC adding a hurricane warning to metropolitan New Orleans and Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana, and a storm surge warning and a tropical storm warning east of the Alabama/Florida border to the Okaloosa/Walton county line.
A hurricane warning was in effect for Grand Isle, La., east to the Alabama/Florida border, and metropolitan New Orleans and Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana. 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; west of Grand Isle to Morgan City, La.; and 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.; Isle of Youth; and the Alabama/Florida border east to the Okaloosa/Walton county line.
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.
“On the forecast track, the center of Nate will move near or over the northeastern coast of the Yucatan peninsula [Friday] evening,” the NHC said. “Nate will then move into the southern Gulf of Mexico [Friday night], approach the northern Gulf coast Saturday, and then move make landfall over the northern Gulf coast Saturday night or Sunday.”
Including Nate, there have been 13 tropical storms, eight hurricanes and four major hurricanes so far this season.
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