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  • The U.S. Coast Guard on Saturday ordered port condition Zulu, a halt to all traffic, beginning at 8 a.m. local time for New Orleans; Gulfport and Pascagoula, Mississippi; Mobile, Alabama; and Pensacola and Panama City, Florida. New Orleans, which sits near the mouth of the Mississippi River, is an important transit point for energy, metals and agricultural commodities...

  • HOUSTON, Oct 7- Major shipping ports across the central U.S. Gulf Coast were closed to inbound and outbound traffic on Saturday as Hurricane Nate intensified and storm surges of up to 9 feet were expected. The U.S. Coast Guard on Saturday ordered port condition Zulu in effect beginning at 8 a.m. local time for New Orleans; Gulfport and Pascagoula, Mississippi; Mobile,...

  • New Orleans evacuated some residents from areas outside its levee system as Nate, a Category 1 hurricane, the weakest on a five-category scale used by meteorologists, churned towards the central Gulf of Mexico. The storm brushed by Mexico's Yucatan peninsula, home to beach resorts such as Cancun and Playa del Carmen, as it headed north, the U.S. National Hurricane...

  • MANAGUA, Oct 7- Hurricane Nate was expected to strengthen on Saturday and make landfall, threatening the U.S. central Gulf Coast with strong winds and storm surges after killing at least 25 people in Central America. Nate, a Category 1 hurricane, the weakest on a five-category scale used by meteorologists, was churning toward the central Gulf of Mexico as New...

  • MANAGUA, Oct 6- New Orleans evacuated some residents from areas outside its levee system as Tropical Storm Nate swirled toward the U.S. Gulf Coast on Friday after killing at least 25 people in Central America. Later on Friday, the storm is expected to brush by Mexico's Yucatan peninsula, home to beach resorts such as Cancun and Playa del Carmen, before heading north...

  • MANAGUA, Oct 6- New Orleans evacuated some residents from areas outside its levee system as Tropical Storm Nate swirled toward the U.S. Gulf Coast on Friday after killing at least 25 people in Central America. Later on Friday, the storm is expected to brush by Mexico's Yucatan peninsula, home to beach resorts such as Cancun and Playa del Carmen, before heading north...

  • HOUSTON, Oct 6- Nearly three-quarters of U.S. Gulf of Mexico oil production was offline ahead of Tropical Storm Nate, and more oil companies were halting operations late Friday, bracing for the second major storm in as many months to menace the region. It was expected to strike the U.S. Gulf Coast Saturday with hurricane force winds and rain, according to the...

  • HOUSTON, Oct 6- New Orleans residents are questioning whether the city's network of 120 pumps will be powerful enough to drain any floodwaters from Tropical Storm Nate, which is expected to make landfall just east of the city late Saturday. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has ordered mandatory evacuations for parts of the city. "I dont have full confidence in...

  • SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, Oct 6- Oil and gas producers pulled staff from offshore platforms while Alabama, Florida and Mississippi declared states of emergency as Tropical Storm Nate twisted toward the U.S. Gulf Coast on Friday after killing at least 25 people in Central America. The storm is expected to brush by the edge of Mexico's Yucatan peninsula, home to beach...

  • Gulf of Mexico oil production was offline on Friday ahead of Tropical Storm Nate, with Gulf Coast energy companies bracing for the second major storm in as many months to menace the region. Nate was moving over Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula at about 21 miles per hour on Friday afternoon and is expected to strike the U.S. Gulf Coast late Saturday as a hurricane,...

  • SAN JOSE, Oct 6- Oil and gas producers pulled staff from offshore platforms while Alabama, Florida and Mississippi declared states of emergency as Tropical Storm Nate twisted toward the U.S. Gulf Coast on Friday after killing at least 22 people in Central America. The storm had been heading toward Mexico's Yucatan peninsula, but its path changed Friday morning,...

  • Gulf of Mexico oil production was offline on Friday ahead of Tropical Storm Nate, with companies across the Gulf Coast energy sector bracing for the second major storm in as many months to menace the region. Nate was moving over Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula at about 21 miles per hour on Friday afternoon and is expected to strike the U.S. Gulf Coast late Saturday as a...

  • SAN JOSE, Oct 5- Tropical Storm Nate killed at least 22 people in Central America on Thursday as it pummeled the region with heavy rain while heading toward Mexico's Caribbean resorts and the U.S. Gulf Coast, where it could strike as a hurricane this weekend. Two youths also drowned in Honduras due to the sudden swell in a river, while a man was killed in a mud slide in El...

  • SAN JOSE, Oct 5- Tropical Storm Nate killed at least 22 people in Central America on Thursday as it pummeled the region with heavy rain while heading toward Mexico's Caribbean resorts and the U.S. Gulf Coast where it could strike as a hurricane this weekend. Two youths also drowned in Honduras due to the sudden swell in a river, while a man was killed in a mud slide in El...

  • SAN JOSE, Oct 5- Tropical Storm Nate killed at least 10 people in Central America on Thursday as it pummeled the region with heavy rain while heading toward Mexico's Caribbean resorts and the U.S. Gulf Coast where it could strike as a hurricane this weekend. In Nicaragua, at least four people died and six others were reported missing amid severe rain, the country's...

  • (Adds details on storm preparations by EPA in Mississippi and. SAN JOSE, Oct 5 (Reuters)- Tropical Storm Nate unleashed intense rainfall across much of Central America on Thursday, killing at least 3 in Costa Rica as it heads for the U.S. Gulf Coast where it is expected to strike as a hurricane this weekend. At about 2 p.m. EDT ( 1800 GMT) on Thursday Nate was about 50 miles (80...

  • SAN JOSE, Oct 5- Tropical Storm Nate unleashed intense rainfall across much of Central America on Thursday, killing at least 3 in Costa Rica as it heads for the U.S. Gulf Coast where it is expected to strike as a hurricane this weekend. At about 2 p.m. EDT on Thursday Nate was about 50 miles northwest of Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua, and about 50 miles south-southwest of...

  • President Donald Trump expressed satisfaction on Tuesday with the federal response to Hurricane Maria's devastation of Puerto Rico, despite criticism that the government was slow to address the crisis and two weeks later much of the island's residents are still without basic necessities. "I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but you've thrown our budget a little...

  • SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Oct 3- President Donald Trump visited Puerto Rico on Tuesday on a mission to reassure the island's struggling residents that he is committed to their recovery from a devastating hurricane that has tested his ability to manage natural disasters. Trump, who has grappled with hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria in the past six weeks, praised the...

  • SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Oct 3- President Donald Trump arrived in Puerto Rico on Tuesday to view the havoc wreaked by Hurricane Maria and meet residents, many of whom are frustrated and resentful that they are still struggling with basic necessities two weeks after the storm. But it comes after he lashed out at San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz for "poor leadership" on...