Tropical Storm Nate kills 22, heads for US
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