Trop­i­cal Storm Nate kills 22, heads for US

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Trop­i­cal Storm Nate drenched Cen­tral Amer­ica with heavy rain Thurs­day, killing 22 peo­ple as it tracks to­ward a likely U.S. land­fall this week­end as a hur­ri­cane.

Nate is fore­cast to reach the north­ern Gulf Coast at hur­ri­cane strength this week­end be­fore mak­ing land­fall early Sun­day some­where be­tween south­east Louisiana and the Florida Pan­han­dle, bring­ing the threat of wind, storm surge and heavy rain­fall.

But the ex­pected path would spare ar­eas hit hard­est by hur­ri­canes Irma and Har­vey.

As of 5 p.m. ET, Nate was lo­cated over east­ern Hon­duras, roughly 425 miles south­west of Cozumel, Mex­ico. The storm was mov­ing north­west at 9 mph, pack­ing max­i­mum sus­tained winds of 40 mph. By late Fri­day, Nate is ex­pected to ap­proach the east coast of the Yu­catan Penin­sula, where hur­ri­cane watch is in ef­fect.

A trop­i­cal storm warn­ing is in ef­fect for por­tions of Nicaragua and Hon­duras. Up to 30 inches of rain is fore­cast in Nicaragua, which could lead to life-threat­en­ing flash floods and mud­slides, the Na­tional Hur­ri­cane Cen­ter said. a

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