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Tropical Storm Nate gaining strength as it heads into the Gulf

Tropical Storm Nate

Tropical Storm Nate gained strength as it barrelled toward popular Mexican beach resorts and ultimately the US Gulf coast after dumping heavy rains on Central America causing atleast 28 casualties.

Nate, which currently has winds of 95 kilometres per hour, is forecast to reach hurricane strength by the time it makes landfall in the United States late today or early tomorrow, on the north coast of the Gulf of Mexico.

New Orleans, which was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and other cities on the US Gulf coast were under hurricane watch. The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned of possible hurricane conditions by last night on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, home to Cancun and other Caribbean resorts.

Governor Carlos Joaquin said the storm was expected to pass just east of the peninsula, however warned that torrential rains could trigger an emergency anyway. Authorities cancelled school in seven coastal towns and declared an orange alert for the northern half of Quintana Roo state.

Unlike Hurricane Harvey, which dumped record amounts of rain while hovering over neighbouring Texas for a week, fast moving Nate was expected to quickly pass along a northerly path.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards declared an emergency. Some offshore oil and gas rigs in the Gulf of Mexico were evacuated in anticipation of the storm’s advance. Authorities in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras have declared a maximum or red alert.

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