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TS Nate moves quickly north to Yucatan, then Gulf of Mexico

Nate is moving quickly toward the Gulf of Mexico, where it is expected to become a hurricane.

Tropical Storm Nate is speeding across the southwestern Caribbean toward the Yucatan, with the extremely warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico beyond.

Winds inside the storm are holding at 45 mph, but forecasters predict the storm will rise to hurricane status as it moves through the Gulf. Current long-range forecasts target sections of the Louisiana coastline for a possible landfall over the weekend.

For an interactive storm track and other storm information, visit our Hurricane Center

Here is the latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center:

Tropical Storm Nate Advisory Number 8

NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL162017

400 AM CDT Fri Oct 06 2017

...TROPICAL STORM NATE HEADING FOR THE NORTHWESTERN CARIBBEAN SEA

AND THE GULF OF MEXICO IN A HURRY...

SUMMARY OF 400 AM CDT...0900 UTC...INFORMATION

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LOCATION...16.9N 85.1W

ABOUT 60 MI...95 KM ENE OF ISLA GUANAJA HONDURAS

ABOUT 275 MI...445 KM SSE OF COZUMEL MEXICO

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...45 MPH...75 KM/H

PRESENT MOVEMENT...NNW OR 340 DEGREES AT 14 MPH...22 KM/H

MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...999 MB...29.50 INCHES

WATCHES AND WARNINGS

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CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:

None.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...

* Punta Castilla Honduras to the Honduras/Nicaragua border

* Punta Herrero to Rio Lagartos Mexico

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for...

* Morgan City Louisiana to the Alabama/Florida border

* Northern and western shores of Lake Pontchartrain

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for...

* Morgan City Louisiana to the Mississippi/Alabama border

* Metropolitan New Orleans

* Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas

* Punta Herrero to Rio Lagartos Mexico

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for...

* Mississippi/Alabama border to the Okaloosa/Walton County Line

* West of Morgan City to Intracoastal City Louisiana

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are

expected somewhere within the warning area.

A Storm Surge Watch means there is a possibility of life-

threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the

coastline, in the indicated locations during the next 48 hours.

For a depiction of areas at risk, please see the National Weather

Service Storm Surge Watch/Warning Graphic, available at

hurricanes.gov.

A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible

within the watch area.

A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are

possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.

Interests elsewhere in Honduras, the Bay Islands, western Cuba, the

Yucatan Peninsula, and the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico

should monitor the progress of Nate.

For storm information specific to your area, please monitor products

issued by your national meteorological service.

DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK

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At 400 AM CDT (0900 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Nate was

located near latitude 16.9 North, longitude 85.1 West. Nate is

moving toward the north-northwest near 14 mph (22 km/h), and this

general track with a marked increase in forward speed is expected

during the next day or two. On the forecast track, the center of

Nate will move across the northwestern Caribbean Sea today, and

reach the eastern coast of the Yucatan peninsula early this evening.

Nate will then move into the southern Gulf of Mexico tonight and

approach the northern Gulf coast Saturday evening.

Maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph (75 km/h) with higher gusts.

Strengthening is forecast during the next couple of days, and Nate

is expected to become a hurricane by the time it reaches the

northern Gulf of Mexico.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 90 miles (150 km)

mainly to the east of the center.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 999 mb (29.50 inches).

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