Hurricane warning issued for U.S. Gulf Coast areas

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MEXICO CITY (AP) Developments on Friday, Oct. 6, about Tropical Storm Nate (all times Central Daylight Time).

  • 11:00 a.m.

A hurricane warning has been issued for a stretch of the U.S. Gulf Coast from Grand Isle, Louisiana, to the Alabama-Florida border.

Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami said residents in those areas should brace for possible storm surges amid the expected strengthening of Tropical Storm Nate. The storm battered Central America with rain killing at least 22 people.

Forecasters expect the storm to strengthen over the northwestern Caribbean Sea before a possible near-hurricane-strength hit on the Cancun region at the tip of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.

Forecasters warn the storm, after crossing open water, could then smash into the northern rim of the U.S. Gulf Coast as a hurricane.

  • 8:30 a.m.

Damage caused by Nate prompted Costa Rican officials to postpone a World Cup qualifying soccer match between Costa Rica and Honduras.

The president of the Costa Rican Football Federation said the game will be played Saturday, in San Jose, the Costa Rican capital.

The storm was blamed on at least seven deaths across Costa Rica.

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