A tropical cyclone in Caribbean Sea has been upgraded to a named storm, Tropical Storm Nate. According to the National Hurricane Center, the system is likely to grow in strength and be upgraded to a hurricane in the next three days and could hit the northern Gulf Coast as early as Sunday morning.
“Residents along the Gulf Coast from Louisiana through the Florida Panhandle should monitor the progress of this system and heed any advice given by local officials,” the National Hurricane Center says.
Nate is currently pelting Nicaragua and Honduras with heavy rainfall, grinding the coasts on a northwest path toward Cancun.
The storm has triggered flood warnings and a hurricane watch in the Yucatan peninsula. Tropical Storm Nate is expected to grow as it moves over warmer waters on its way to the U.S. coast.