CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft penetrated the center of Nate and reported hurricane-force winds.
The latest forecast continues to show the track moving to the west of South Carolina.
Live 5 Weather Forecaster Joey Sovine says even though the track has shifted west away from the state, we can't rule out impacts. Possible impacts include heavy rainfall and coastal flooding.
Nate's current models show it impacting in the area of the Louisiana and Mississippi border as a Category 1 hurricane during the weekend.
The storm has been blamed for at least 22 deaths in Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Honduras.
11:30 p.m. Update
At 11 p.m. the center of Tropical Storm Nate was located 95 miles northwest of Cuba near latitude 22.4 North, longitude 86.3 West.
The tropical storm is moving towards the northwest at 22 mph. A faster forward speed is expected through Friday and Saturday.
On the forecast track, the center of Nate will move across the northwestern Caribbean Sea on Friday and is expected to reach the northeastern portion of the Yucatan Peninsula early Friday night.
The center is then expected to move near the southern Gulf of Mexico on Friday night and the northern Gulf by some time on Saturday.
Maximum sustained winds are 75 mph with higher gusts.The estimated minimum central pressure is 988 mb.
Watches and Warnings
The government of Mexico has discontinued the Hurricane Watch along the Yucatan peninsula.
A Hurricane Warning is in effect for:
- Grand Isle Louisiana to the Alabama/Florida border
- Metropolitan New Orleans and Lake Pontchartrain A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for...
- Morgan City Louisiana to the Okaloosa/Walton County Line Florida
- Northern and western shores of Lake Pontchartrain A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...
- Punta Herrero to Rio Lagartos Mexico
- Pinar del Rio Cuba
- Lake Maurepas
- West of Grand Isle to Morgan City Louisiana
- East of the Alabama/Florida border to the Okaloosa/Walton County Line.
A Hurricane Watch is in effect for:
- Lake Maurepas
- East of the Alabama/Florida border to the Okaloosa/Walton County Line
- West of Grand Isle to Morgan City Louisiana A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for...
- East of the the Okaloosa/Walton County Line to Indian Pass Florida
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for:
- East of the Okaloosa/Walton County Line to Indian Pass Florida
- West of Morgan City to Intracoastal City Louisiana
- Isle of Youth Cuba
A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area. A warning is typically issued 36 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm- force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion.
A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area.
A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area.
A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.