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10-05-2017, 04:06 PM
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- At least 17 are dead in Nicaragua and Costa Rica.

- A state of emergency was declared in Costa Rica ahead of the storm's arrival.

- At least 5,000 are in emergency shelters in Costa Rica.

- Coastal U.S. states are preparing for the storm.

- A state of emergency has been declared in Florida and evacuations have been ordered in Louisiana.

At least 17 people were killed Thursday after Tropical Storm Nate moved over Central America with clusters of heavy rain and gusty winds.
In Nicaragua, at least 15 were killed, including two women and a man working with the Health Ministry to provide aid were killed after being swept away by a flooded canal in Juigalpa, vice president and spokeswoman Rosario Murillo told the Associated Press.

Costa Rica's President Luis Guillermo Solis said the storm has caused two deaths in the country.
Nate and the larger circulation it developed from produced heavy rain over Central America the last few days, according to weather.com meteorologist Chris Dolce. This rainfall has already caused flooding and more flooding is likely as the storm lifts northward toward Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula late this week.

(FORECAST: Tropical Storm Nate Soaks Central America (https://weather.com/storms/hurricane/news/tropical-storm-nate-hurricane-caribbean-gulf-of-mexico-forecast))
In Costa Rica, at least 5,000 people have been driven into emergency shelters in the country, according to AP. All public schools and offices (https://news.co.cr/national-emergency-declared-costa-rica/66620/) will remain closed through Friday, the Costa Rica Star reports.
Coastal U.S. States Prepare

Nate will impact the U.S. Gulf Coast this weekend, with landfall mostly likely to occur Sunday between southern Louisiana and the western Florida panhandle.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency (http://www.flgov.com/2017/10/05/gov-scott-declares-state-of-emergency-to-prepare-florida-for-tropical-storm-nate/) Thursday for 29 counties in response to the storm.
“Tropical Storm Nate is headed north toward our state and Florida must be prepared," said Scott in the release. "I have declared a state of emergency for 29 counties in Florida to make certain that state, federal and local governments are able to work together and ensure resources are dispersed to local communities. By declaring an emergency in these counties, we can also ensure that there is no hindrance in the transportation of supplies and assets.”

In New Orleans, where a flood in early August revealed malfunctioning pumps across the city, officials met to discuss the status of the drainage systems. Repairs have been made (http://www.nola.com/weather/index.ssf/2017/10/new_orleans_braces_for_what_co.html#incart_river_h ome), NOLA.com reports, but not all of the turbine generators are fully operational yet.

Evacuations were ordered in part of St. Bernard Parish Thursday, AP reports.

Officials in Grand Isle, a barrier island south of the Big Easy, called a voluntary evacuation for residents.
Thursday New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced a Coastal Flood Advisory is in effect (https://nola.gov/mayor/press-releases/2017/20171005-pr-mayor-landrieu,-city-officials-provide/) until noon Sunday and urged residents to make a plan and stock up on at least three days' worth of supplies, according to a release.
He says the city is working with local, federal and state partners to identify the risks and vulnerabilities of the city and determine how to keep residents safe.
The city has almost 40 boats and more than 20 high-water vehicles and other rescue supplies staged at fire and police stations, and four high-water vehicles and two boats that the Emergency Medical Services headquarters, states the release.
New Orleans Police Department has placed 146 barricades in flood-prone areas to keep motorists from driving into areas with high water.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said Thursday he plans to meet with state emergency officials.

Mississippi Emergency Management Agency Director Lee Smithson said people living along the Gulf Coast should pay attention to reports from emergency officials and start making their own storm preparations.

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