• Storm blamed for 21 deaths in Nicaragua, Honduras and Costa Rica
  • Louisiana and Mississippi declare states of emergency amid evacuations

Forecasters said tropical storm Nate was likely to reach the US Gulf coast as a hurricane over the weekend, after being blamed for at least 21 deaths in Nicaragua, Honduras and Costa Rica.

The storm had maximum sustained winds of 50mph by Friday morning and was likely to strengthen over the north-western Caribbean before a possible strike on the Cancun region at the tip of the Yucatan Peninsula at near hurricane strength.

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