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Tropical Storm Nate: Hurricane conditions could start Saturday in Louisiana, Gulf Coast

By www.nola.com — last modified Oct 06, 2017 12:58 PM
Tropical Storm Nate has killed at least 22 people in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras as it heads north towards Mexico and the US. Metro New Orleans and much of Southeast Louisiana could start feeling hurricane conditions Saturday night, forecasters with the National Hurricane Center said Friday morning (Oct. 6). Tropical Storm Nate is expected to become a hurricane by the time it reaches the Gulf Coast.

Published: 2017-10-06 00:00:00
Topics: Weather
Countries: Costa Rica , Honduras , Mexico , Nicaragua , USA

Tropical Storm Nate: Hurricane conditions could start Saturday in Louisiana, Gulf Coast

Source: NOAA 6 October (local times shown)

As reported by www.nola.com

Watches and warnings have been issued for parts of Louisiana and the Gulf Coast. As of 7 a.m., the following were in effect:

Storm surge watch:

  • Morgan City, Louisiana, to the Alabama/Florida border
  • Northern and western shores of Lake Pontchartrain

Hurricane watch:

  • Morgan City, Louisiana, to the Mississippi/Alabama border
  • Metro New Orleans
  • Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas
  • Punta Herrero to Rio Lagartos, Mexico

Tropical storm watch:

  • Mississippi/Alabama border to the Okaloosa/Walton County Line
  • West of Morgan City to Intracoastal City, Louisiana

Tropical storm warning:

  • Punta Castilla, Honduras, to the Honduras/Nicaragua border
  • Punta Herrero to Rio Lagartos, Mexico

 

Where is the storm now?

As of 7 a.m., Tropical Storm Nate was 115 miles northeast of Isla Guanaja, Honduras, and about 230 miles southeast of Cozumel, Mexico. It had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph and was moving northwest at 14 mph.

"Tropical Storm Nate is heading for the northwestern Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico in a hurry," forecasters said.

On the forecast track, the center of Nate will move across the northwestern Caribbean Sea on Friday and reach the eastern coast of the Yucatan peninsula later in the day. Nate will then move into the southern Gulf of Mexico Friday night and approach the northern Gulf Coast Saturday evening.

Strengthening is forecast during the next couple of days, and Nate is expected to become a Category 1 hurricane by the time it reaches the Gulf Coast. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 90 miles, mainly to the east of the center.

Read the full advisory at the National Hurricane Center.

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