Nate, Now A Hurricane, Threatens American Gulf Coast

Tropical Storm Nate was declared a hurricane late last Friday as it still reached its way to the US Gulf Coast. It's a potential direct hit on Sunday.

Nate is currently a category 1 hurricane, with the maximum sustained wind of 75 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The storm has already unleashed heavy rain and flooded over parts of Central America, where several people died.

In Nicaragua, the death toll reached at least 11 on Thursday, while thousands of people had to evacuate their homes and missing several other reports, according to Vice President Rosario Murillo. Nate follows almost two weeks of heavy rain that saturated the soil there, reports The Associated Press. Murillo said the recent rainfall was not part of Nate's storm system.

In Costa Rica officials have blamed the storm for at least seven deaths, the AP said. Schools across the country were suspended Thursday due to heavy rainfall.

In Honduras two young people drowned in a swamped river, and in neighboring El Salvador a man was killed in a mudslip, Reuters reported.

Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida are in danger. A hurricane warning was issued on Friday for parts of Louisiana, including New Orleans, and stretches east to the border between Florida and Alabama.

Louisiana government, John Bel Edwards, announced a state of emergency in anticipation of Nate's arrival and asked President Trump to declare an emergency case.

At an information session, Edwards said Louisiana is expected to take a direct hit early Sunday morning, but parts of the state can feel the power of the winds on Saturday night. Edwards said rainfall could reach 6 inches in some areas, with a storm storm of up to 6 feet.

It was a devastating hurricane season, and Nate is an unwelcome memory that is not over. The season lasts until the end of November.

Louisiana National Guard soldiers helped with recovery efforts in Puerto Rico in Hurricane Maria's aftermath. Now more than 1,000 ranks were mobilized before Nate, some in New Orleans to monitor drainage pumps, which have already been damaged.

"We do not expect it to cause a devastating impact on New Orleans or exceed the ability for the pumps or the electrical generation to pump that water out," Edwards said. But he added: "I'm not going to tell you, I'm not worried."

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