Posted: Friday, October 6, 2017. 7:00 a.m. CST.
By BBN Staff: The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is reporting that an Air Force Reserve and a NOAA hurricane hunter aircraft is currently investigating tropical storm Nate over the northwestern Caribbean sea.
As of 7 a.m., Nate is centered at about 115 miles (185 km) northeast of Isla Guanaja, Honduras, and about 230 miles (370 km) south-southeast of Cozumel, Mexico.
Nate is moving toward the north-northwest near 14 mph (22 km/h), and this general track with a marked increase in forward speed is expected during the next day or two.
Forecasters say that the center of Nate will move across the northwestern Caribbean sea today, reach the eastern coast of the Yucatan peninsula early this evening, move into the southern Gulf of Mexico tonight and approach the northern Gulf coast Saturday evening.
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Punta Castilla Honduras to the Honduras/Nicaragua border and Punta Herrero to Rio Lagartos Mexico.
A Storm Surge Watch is in effect from Morgan City Louisiana to the Alabama/Florida border including the northern and western shores of Lake Pontchartrain.
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect from the Mississippi/Alabama border to the Okaloosa / Walton County Line and from west of Morgan City to Intracoastal City, Louisiana.
Tropical storm conditions are expected to continue within portions of the warning area in Honduras during the next few hours, but gradually subside. Hurricane conditions are possible within the hurricane watch area in Mexico by tonight, with tropical storm conditions expected by late this evening.
Maximum sustained winds are near 45 miles per hour with higher gusts.
The NHC reports that strengthening is forecasted during the next couple of days, and Nate is expected to become a hurricane by the time it reaches the northern Gulf of Mexico.
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