Tropical storm Nate has killed 22 people in Costa Rica and Nicaragua now heading towards the US Gulf coast.
Tropical Storm Nate killed at least 22 people in Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Honduras on Thursday and more than 20 are missing. It has caused floods, heavy rains, and landslides which are blocking roads, destroying infrastructure and damaging houses.
In Nicaragua, at least 11 people died and other seven more were reported missing and thousands of people had to evacuate homes because of flood said the country`s vice president Rosario Murillo.
In Honduras, three people have been killed including two youth who drowned in a river also several are reported missing. A man was killed in a mudslide in El Salvador and another person was missing, emergency services said.
In Costa Rica, nearly 400,000 people are without running water resources and thousands are sleeping in shelters.
Costa Rica declared a national emergency, closing schools, and government offices, almost 40000 people are without running water and more than 7000 are sleeping in shelters.
In Costa Rica, all train journey and flights were cancelled. Schools shut down nationwide.
Forming into Hurricane
Storm Nate is predicted to strengthen and become a category 1 hurricane by the time it hits the U.S. Gulf Coast on Sunday.ns.
US officials told residents from Florida to Texas have been told to prepare for the storm, which, if it does strike, will be the 3rd major storm to hit the southern coast his year. A state of emergency was declared for 29 Florida counties and the city of New Orlea as the threat of impact is increasing.
The tropical storm Nate will be of “hurricane intensity” when it approaches Mexico`s Yucatan Peninsula late on Friday, where up to 8 inches (20 cm) of rain were possible, the NHC said. As it’ll strengthen over the weekend into a hurricane as it crossed the Gulf of Mexico to hit the southern United States somewhere between the states of Louisiana and Florida.
Both Texas and Florida are still recovering from the damage inflicted by Hurricane Harvey, which hit the former in August and caused “unprecedented damage”, and Hurricane Irma, which made landfall in Florida in September of this year.
Oil companies operating in the Gulf of Mexico says they are evacuating staff from platforms which lie along the predicted path of the storm and some offshore oil oil and gas rigs in the Gulf of Mexico .were also being evacuated ahead of the storm, the US government Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said in a statement.