Florida, Texas, and Louisiana brace for ANOTHER hurricane: Tropical Storm Nate to strengthen as it hits the Gulf Coast on Sunday after lashing Central America and claiming 22 lives

Friday, October 6, 2017
By Paul Martin

United States is bracing for another devastating hurricane as Tropical Storm Nate batters Central America
Nate is heading for the US Gulf Coast where it is expected to strike as a Category 1 hurricane late Friday
Storm or hurricane watches have been issued from Louisiana east through Mississippi and Alabama

DailyMail.com
6 October 2017

Florida, Texas, and Louisiana are bracing for another devastating hurricane as Tropical Storm Nate batters Central America.

At least 22 have died in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras as torrential rains uproot trees, knock out bridges and turn roads into rivers.

The storm is heading for the US Gulf Coast where it is expected to strike as a Category 1 hurricane on Sunday.

Storm or hurricane watches have been issued from Louisiana east through Mississippi and Alabama, with a state of emergency declared in 29 Florida counties, the US National Hurricane Center said.

A spokesman added: ‘The threat of the impact is increasing, so folks along the northern Gulf Coast should be paying attention to this thing.’

In Nicaragua, at least 11 people died, seven others were reported missing and thousands had to evacuate homes because of flooding, said the country’s vice president Rosario Murillo.

Emergency officials in Costa Rica reported that at least eight people were killed due to the lashing rain, including two children. Another 17 people were missing, while more than 7,000 had to take refuge from Nate in shelters.

Two youths also drowned in Honduras due to the sudden swell in a river, while a man was killed in a mud slide in El Salvador and another person was missing.

‘Sometimes we think we think we can cross a river and the hardest thing to understand is that we must wait,’

Nicaragua’s Murillo told state radio, warning people to avoid dangerous waters. ‘It’s better to be late than not to get there at all.’

Costa Rica’s government declared a state of emergency, closing schools and all other non-essential services.

Highways in the country were closed due to mudslides and power outages were also reported in parts of country, where authorities deployed more than 3,500 police.

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