According to today’s 8 a.m. update from the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Depression 16 has just been upgraded into Tropical Storm Nate. Many news outlets were referring to the depression as Tropical Storm Nate yesterday, which was inaccurate and misleading.
Here’s the current advisory:
ABOUT 10 MI…15 KM S OF PUERTO CABEZAS NICARAGUA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…40 MPH…65 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…NW OR 325 DEGREES AT 8 MPH…13 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…999 MB…29.50 INCHES
Tropical storm warnings are currently in effect for Sandy Bay Sirpi, Nicaragua to Punta Castilla, Honduras.
Punta Herrero to Rio Lagartos, Mexico, are currently under a hurricane watch, which indicates that some strengthening may occur over the next couple days. We don’t know when Nate will become a hurricane, though the “good” news is that forecasters don’t expect it to become a major storm at this moment.
But of course, there is some bad news as well: the current track steers Nate toward southern United States. Residents of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana should all keep an eye on Nate as he travels over the warm Gulf waters. We’ll keep following the latest updates and deliver news as we receive it.