Statoil pulling staff from Gulf facility ahead of Tropical Storm Nate

Statoil pulling staff from Gulf facility ahead of Tropical Storm Nate”

And indeed, there's another one in the making.

The extraordinarily destructive and deadly 2017 Atlantic hurricane season continues, now with Tropical Storm Nate, currently a tiny storm causing flooding in Nicaragua and Honduras, poised to become a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico.

"To the west of the center less rainfall can be expected and will range from an 1" or less for most of Central Mississippi including the Jackson metro. The National Hurricane Center advises residents to monitor progress of the storm, but it is too early for specifics on timing, location or the size of the storm.

Nate was expected to impact the United States mainland over the weekend, likely hitting the northern Gulf Coast in places like southeast Louisiana and Florida, according to the Weather Channel.

Officials called for a voluntary evacuation of some low-lying areas northwest of New Orleans.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for portions of Nicaragua and Honduras.

Projections for Tropical Storm Nate's landfall continue to move further west, but local officials urge Wiregrass residents to remain vigilant. Don't just focus on wind speed. Higher gusts are possible if Nate strengthens beyond a Category 1 hurricane. Extensive damage occurred, including significant storm surge and wave damage in upper Texas and southwestern Louisiana.

The NHC says little change in strength is expected of Tropical Storm Nate until its center moves over the northwestern Caribbean.

Another powerful storm, Hurricane Maria, ripped through the Caribbean in late September, wreaking destruction on several islands, including Dominica and Puerto Rico.

The US National Hurricane Centre said the storm could cause unsafe flooding by dumping as much as 38 to 50 centimetres of rain on Nicaragua, with higher accumulations in a few places. In August, Hurricane Harvey temporarily shut down about 25% of oil and natural gas production in the Gulf and as much as 20% of USA refining capacity.

That's based on the latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center which lists the storm's forward movement toward the north-northwest at 10 miles per hour.

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