Tropical Storm Nate Update
At 100 PM CDT (1800 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Nate was located near latitude 19.4 North, longitude 85.3 West. Nate is moving toward the north-northwest near 21 mph (33 km/h) and this motion is expected to continue through Saturday, with a turn toward the north and northeast expected Saturday night and Sunday. On the forecast track, the center of Nate will move across the northwestern Caribbean Sea this afternoon and move near or over the northeastern coast of the Yucatan peninsula this evening. Nate will then move into the southern Gulf of Mexico tonight, approach the northern Gulf coast Saturday, and then move near or over the northern Gulf coast Saturday night or Sunday.
Reports from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph (85 km/h) with higher gusts. Strengthening is forecast during the next couple of days, and Nate is expected to become a hurricane by the time it reaches the northern Gulf of Mexico. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles (185 km) mainly to the east of the center. NOAA buoy 42056, located to the north of the center, recently reported a 1-minute average wind of 38 mph (61 km/h) and a wind gust of 49 mph (79 km/h).