Tropical Storm Nate heads to US Gulf Coast

Oscar Cross
October 6, 2017

Tropical Storm Nate formed early Thursday morning in the Caribbean, the National Hurricane Center said in its 7 a.m advisory.

As of 2 p.m. Wednesday, the storm was labeled a tropical depression with maximum sustained winds of 35 miles per hour with higher gusts.

Dennis Feltgen, spokesman for the National Hurricane Center, noted that the storm's forecast is a "low-confidence prediction".

After a way too brief respite from organized tropical activity in the Atlantic, we're now getting a look at what the National Hurricane Center has officially named Tropical Depression Sixteen.

The EURO has this system making landfall near the coast of Alabama or Florida, while the GFS has it making landfall near the coast of Louisiana or Mississippi.

"This certainly ranks among the busier seasons", Keim said. North and SC could begin to feel winds from the storm as early as late Saturday night or early Sunday morning. A hurricane watch is in effect for all areas from Punta Herrero to Rio Lagartos, Mexico, as of 8 a.m. Thursday. That could start as early as late Saturday, but would be more likely Sunday into Monday. Stay with Storm Team 3 as we track the storm, and download the Storm Team 3 weather app for the latest on Tropical Storm Nate.

It may affect areas of the northern Gulf Coast as a hurricane by the weekend.

The storm is forecast to dump heavy rains on parts of Central America before strengthening into a Hurricane Lee.

"This storm has the potential to become a hurricane and impact the Florida Panhandle this weekend, and families must be ready", he tweeted.

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