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07 Octubre 2017, 05:33 | Fidele Alvizo
FIRST ALERT: Tropical Storm Nate gains speed as entire Southeast readies for storm
The tropical storm comes on the heels of three destructive and deadly hurricanes in one of the worst hurricane seasons in recent years.
Nate will race northward overnight into Saturday with landfall likely late Saturday or early Sunday morning.
The weekend is here, and the first chance of rain in weeks will come along with it. Nate will crash ashore along the Gulf Coast, and send some rain at times toward the Carolinas. A Tropical Storm Warning is now in effect for metropolitan New Orleans, Lake Pontchartrain, and Lake Maurepas, and from west of Grand Isle to Morgan City, Louisiana. "The bottom line for people is: You need to be where you want to be and in the posture you want to be by dark on Saturday".
Nate is forecast to move quickly, he said, rather than stall and drop tremendous amounts of rain on the state.
Thousands have been forced to sleep in shelters and some 400,000 people in Costa Rica were reported to be without running water. Between 1-3 inches of rain is expected, beginning Saturday night into Sunday. "Rainfall totals around 0.5" to 1.5". The minimum central pressure is now 996 MB - 29.42 inches. Life-threatening flash floods and mud slides are forecast in parts of Nicaragua, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, and Belize through tonight.
Five rigs operating in the Gulf have been evacuated, while 11 other rigs have been moved out of Nate's path. Forecasters say some more strengthening is possible before Nate makes landfall. Be ready and prepare.
The coastal areas will experience significant runup of the surf on area beaches, with flooding occurring during the high tides. The potential for severe storms and isolated tornado spin-ups will be likely into Monday morning.
"We have been through this many, many times".
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report. It should approach the Gulf coast Saturday night.
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