Tropical Storm Nate headed for Gulf Coast, leaves 22 dead in Central America
By Barbara Kollmeyer, MarketWatch
Louisiana declares state of emergency
Tropical Storm Nate, blamed for at least 22 deaths in Central America, was strengthening Friday and expected to become a hurricane by the weekend, as it churned a path toward the U.S. Gulf Coast.
"Everyone in South Louisiana should be preparing for this storm now," said John Bel Edwards, the governor of Louisiana, who declared a state of emergency on Thursday.
"Anyone who's taken this storm lightly is making a serious mistake," he said at a press conference (http://wkrg.com/2017/10/05/louisiana-governor-declares-state-of-emergency-ahead-of-tropical-storm-nate/), according to media reports.
What's happening? Tropical Storm Nate, which started as a tropical depression on Wednesday, has been dumping rain on Central America. It is expected to arrive in the U.S. Gulf Coast within 48 hours.
The National Hurricane Center said in an advisory (http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/text/refresh/MIATCPAT1+shtml/060535.shtml) early Friday that sustained maximum winds for Nate had increased to 45 miles an hour, with forecasts for gusts to strengthen in the next couple of hours.