UPDATE: Tropical Storm Nate may be a hurricane when it reaches U.S. this weekend
By Ciara Linnane, MarketWatch
Nate is forecast to hit the northern Gulf Coast this weekend bringing more wind, storm surge and heavy rainfall, says NHC
The storm that started as a tropical depression on Wednesday strengthened into Tropical Storm Nate as it passed over northeastern Nicaragua, and may be a hurricane when it reaches the U.S. this weekend, the National Hurricane Center said Thursday.
"Nate is forecast to reach the northern Gulf Coast this weekend as a hurricane, and the threat of direct impacts from wind, storm surge, and heavy rainfall is increasing," the NHC wrote in its latest advisory (http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/text/refresh/MIATCDAT1+shtml/051447.shtml?). "However, it is too early to specify the exact timing, location, or magnitude of these impacts."
The storm is expected to dump up to 20 inches of rain over Nicaragua, and up 10 inches over Costa Rica and Panama. It currently has maximum sustained winds of close to 40 miles an hour and is moving northwest at 9 miles an hour. It is expected to gain steam as it moves over the northwestern Caribbean later Thursday and into Friday.
Nate's current path shows it crossing over Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula in the next 36 hours and coming close to the northern Gulf Coast within about 72 hours.
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"Residents along the Gulf Coast from Louisiana through the Florida Panhandle should monitor the progress of Nate and heed any advice given by local officials," said the advisory.