Tropical depression nearing Nicaragua could still become hurricane by weekend: NHC

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Rain chances return this weekend and into early next week, due to Tropical Storm Nate moving into the Gulf of Mexico Saturday, and into the Appalachian Mountain region Sunday into Monday.

A hurricane watch is in effect for Punta Herrero to Rio Lagartos in Mexico, the agency said.

Scott's emergency declaration spans the Panhandle and areas of North Florida from Pensacola to as far east as Gainesville - a stretch that also includes Panama City and the state capital of Tallahassee.

"Strengthening is likely once the center moves over the northwestern Caribbean Sea tonight and Friday", the NHC advisory warned. Carnival Cruise Line has been heavily impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Maria and now the Miami-based cruise line has at least one cruise ship impacted by Tropical Storm Nate.

From operator reports, it is estimated that approximately 14.55% of the current oil production in the Gulf of Mexico has been shut-in, which equates to 254,607 b/d. A few weeks later, Hurricane Irma devastated Florida citrus groves. The rain and thunderstorm probability decreases to 60 percent on Monday and 30 percent on Tuesday. "There are now no impacts to our production or drilling operations", Shell said in a statement.

From there, its general track is pretty clear - Nate will accelerate to the north-northeast in response to an expansive area of high pressure across the western Atlantic, which will contribute to summer-like high temperatures in many parts of the East during the weekend. "We will be looking out for that and, to a lesser extent, tornadoes". However, it came through moisture starved, so we didn't get any rain.

Royal Dutch Shell Plc is minimizing staff in the eastern Gulf and taking steps to secure facilities, the company said in a statement. Higher gusts are possible if Nate strengthens beyond a Category 1 hurricane.

This was a change from Wednesday, when forecasters were saying that a chance existed that the system might weaken as it crossed Central America and the Yucatan Peninsula. Florida is the world's second-largest orange juice producer.

"We have been affected across the country. affected severely", she said.

Several Texas ports are still unable to allow large tankers to enter after Harvey as they await dredging.

"With this tropical storm in the Gulf, and possibly of becoming a hurricane taking aim at the coast, we have to begin now in order to safeguard human life", said Superintendent Daniel R. Brown. All comments are subject to editorial review.

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