Fox Extreme Weather Center: Tracking Tropical Storm Nate
Storm heads north up Mexico's coast.
Tropical Storm Nate is headed toward Mexico and the U.S. Gulf Coast after hitting Central America, leaving at least 22 people dead.
Nate is expected to reach the northeastern Yucatan peninsula by Friday evening and the northern Gulf Coast by Saturday evening, according to forecasters.
Here’s what you need to know.
Where is Nate now?
Nate is about 80 miles east of Cozumel, Mexico, according to the National Hurricane Center’s 5 p.m. ET Friday advisory.
The storm has maximum sustained winds of 60 mph and is moving north-northwest at 21 mph.
A hurricane warning is in effect from metropolitan New Orleans and Lake Pontchartrain, La. as well as Grand Isle, La., to the Alabama-Florida border. A tropical storm warning is in effect for Lake Maurepas and Morgan City to Grand Isle, La. as well as Okaloosa/Walton County, Fla. to the Alabama-Florida border.
Forecasters predict that Nate will become strengthen into a hurricane by the time it reaches the northern Gulf of Mexico.
The U.S. Central Gulf Coast states should expect to receive three to six inches of rain, the National Hurricane Center said.
What else do you need to know?
In Louisiana, Gov. John Bel Edwards already declared a state of emergency and mobilized 1,300 National Guard troops, with 15 headed to New Orleans to monitor the fragile pumping system there.
With forecasts projecting landfall in southeast Louisiana as a Category 1 hurricane, Edwards urged residents to ready for rainfall, storm surge and severe winds — and to be where they intend to hunker down by "dark on Saturday."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.