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Tropical storm Nate could threaten U.S. Gulf Coast, possibly as hurricane

From CBC - October 5, 2017

Tropical Storm Nate formed off the coast of Nicaragua on Thursday and was being blamed for five deaths in that country as it spun north toward a potential landfall on the U.S. Gulf Coast as a hurricane over the weekend.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the storm could cause dangerous flooding by dumping as much as 38 to 50 centimetres of rain on Nicaragua, with higher accumulations in a few places.

It had maximum sustained winds of 65 km/h Thursday morning and was likely to strengthen over the northwestern Caribbean Sea Thursday night and Friday.

Tropical Storm #Nate has formed with a notable westward forecast shift since yesterday. Check the latest forecast: https://t.co/tW4KeGdBFb pic.twitter.com/D4vkL3S1Ye

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The coast of Louisiana, a state that felt some of the tremendous impact of Hurricane Harvey, could face heavy rains and winds based on the current path, with Alabama potentially affected as well.

The storm was centred Thursday morning about 45 kilometres northwest of Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua, and was moving northwest near nine km/h.

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