Tropical Storm Nate

Catherine Lysaught, Staff

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On October 5, Tropical Depression Nate strengthened into a tropical storm and is on track to be a hurricane by the time it hits the United States. A tropical depression is caused when a low-pressure area is combined with a thunderstorm and there are winds of under 39 mph, while a tropical storm is when the winds take on a circular formation and are between 40 and 73 mph. Tropical Storm Nate started south of Nicaragua and is expected to hit Nicaragua, Honduras, Costa Rica, and Panama before moving north to Cuba and the United States.

Tropical Storm Nate is predicted to go through the Gulf of Mexico and make landfall in New Orleans, Louisiana on October 8. After it makes landfall, the tropical storm is supposed to go through Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia before moving up the east coast to Pennsylvania.

The tropical storm is beginning in the warm waters of the Southern Caribbean, which is predicted to strengthen the tropical storm before it ever makes landfall. After making landfall in Central America, the tropical storm will make will be returning to the oceans in the Western Caribbean, which will strengthen it before it makes landfall in New Orleans. “Since the system will be moving over very warm waters, we could quickly have a powerful hurricane on our hands,” said AccuWeather meteorologist Dan Kottlowski on USA Today. While Nate is still on the status of a tropical storm, it is expected to become at least a Category 2 hurricane at its peak.

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