Tropical Storm Nate moving quickly toward Gulf of Mexico

By UPI Staff

Tropical Storm Nate is moving quickly northwest toward the Gulf of Mexico — after devastating parts of Central America — the National Hurricane Center said Friday.

In its 4 a.m. CDT advisory Friday, the NHC said Nate was located about 60 miles east-southeast of Isla Guanaja, Honduras, and 275 miles south-southeast of Cozumel, Mexico. It’s moving northwest at 14 mph.

Nate has maximum sustained winds of 45 mph, forecasters said. The storm has been deadly in parts of Central America, killing more than a dozen people.

In its forecast, the NHC said Nate is moving quickly toward the northwest Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico.

A hurricane watch has been issued for several locations near the coast in Mississippi and Louisiana, including the New Orleans metropolitan area.

The storm will move across the northwestern Caribbean Sea Friday and reach the eastern coast of the Yucatan peninsula early Friday evening, forecasters said. Nate is then expected to move into the southern Gulf of Mexico late Friday and approach the northern Gulf coast Saturday evening.

The NHC said U.S. Gulf Coast states are expected to receive between 3 and 6 inches of rain, with 12 inches possible in isolated parts.

Including Nate, there have been 13 tropical storms, eight hurricanes and four major hurricanes so far this season.