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Tropical Storm Nate expected to hit U.S. Gulf Coast as hurricane this weekend

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Tropical Storm Nate will pass over Nicaragua and Honduras before hitting the U.S. Gulf Coast as a hurricane this weekend, the National Hurricane Center said.

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In its 8 a.m. advisory, the NHC said Nate was located about 10 miles south of Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua, with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph. It was moving northwest at 8 mph.

"On the forecast track, the center of Nate should move across northeastern Nicaragua and eastern Honduras today and then over the northwestern Caribbean Sea tonight and Friday," the NHC said in its advisory. "The center is expected to approach the coast of the Yucatan peninsula late Friday."

Forecasters said Nate will likely strengthen over the northwestern Caribbean Thursday night and early Friday.

A tropical storm warning was in effect Thursday morning for Sandy Bay Sirpi, Nicaragua, to Punta Castilla, Honduras. A hurricane watch is in effect for Punta Herrero to Rio Lagartos, Mexico.

Nicaragua can expect 15 to 20 inches of rainfall while Costa Rica and Panama should anticipate 30 inches of isolated rainfall accumulations.

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