SAN JOSE (ALBOENEWS) — At least 22 people are confirmed dead in Central America as Tropical Storm Nate continues on its path to the Gulf of Mexico, Reuters reports.
Severe rains and flooding have lead to at least 11 deaths in Nicaragua and eight in Costa Rica. A number of homes have been evacuated due to rising waters in a number of countries in the region.
Multiple states on the U.S. Gulf Coast have declared hurricane warnings and Florida Gov. Rick Scott has declared a State of Emergency in anticipation of Nate. Currently the storm continues to strengthen and it is likely it will attain hurricane status before reaching the United States.
Updates will be made as more information is made available.
A Hurricane Warning has been issued for Metropolitan New Orleans, per the NWS. (5:32 p.m. ET)
Pensacola International Airport will cease operations at 8 p.m. Saturday in advance of the storm. Will remain closed until Monday, October 9th, weather permitting. (7:14 p.m. ET)
Nate has become a Category 1 Hurricane. He is currently rapidly intensifying, however he is also moving quickly, so it will be curious to see how it plays out. (12:38 p.m. ET)
The latest update from the NHC states that Nate now has 80 mph winds. His pressure has dropped again, and appears to be continuing to strengthen. Expected to make landfall as early as Saturday evening. (1:51 a.m ET)
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