Hurricane-ravaged Florida could get hit with another tropical storm in the coming days.
Nate — which is expected to reach the U.S. on Sunday — intensified into a tropical storm before passing over northeastern Nicaragua Thursday morning. The National Weather Service expects flooding rains over portions of Nicaragua and other Central American countries.
As of 11 a.m. Thursday, the storm was headed northwest at 9 miles an hour, with maximum sustained winds at 40 miles an hour.
The storm could reach Category 1 hurricane status on Saturday or Sunday when it is projected to enter the Gulf Coast. Maps show Nate hitting anywhere from Mobile, Ala., to Tallahassee, but both its path and intensity may change.
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“Residents along the Gulf Coast from Louisiana through the Florida Panhandle should monitor the progress of this system and heed any advice given by local officials,” The National Weather Service said.
AccuWeather President Joel N. Myers said Nate will likely not hit areas that were already severely impacted by Harvey or Irma.
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The Atlantic has already experienced five major hurricanes of Category 3 or higher during the 2017 season. In 2005, the record of major hurricanes in one season was set at seven.
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