The center of Tropical Storm Nate is churning over the Caribbean Sea north of Honduras.
Nate will make its closest approach to Cancún and Cozumel Friday night, where a hurricane watch and tropical storm warning is in effect.
Preparations should be rushed to completion in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.
Nate will then make landfall along the northern Gulf Coast late Saturday night or early Sunday as either a hurricane or a tropical storm.
Hurricane and storm surge warnings and watches have been issued for the U.S. northern Gulf Coast.
Nate will produce a swath of heavy rain from the Gulf Coast to the Appalachians and possibly parts of the Northeast.
Torrential rain will also trigger serious flash flooding and mudslides in much of Central America the next few days.
Tropical Storm Nate has is gaining strength over the warm water of the northwest Caribbean Sea, poised for a strike on Cancún and Cozumel tonight, then on the northern Gulf Coast Saturday night and Sunday, where hurricane warnings have now been posted.
This is a developing weather story, for the latest forecast on Nate, including expected impacts along the U.S. Gulf Coast, check out our latest forecast article here.