Friday night: Hurricane planes find Nate growing stronger

MEXICO CITY (AP) – Hurricane hunter planes have found Tropical Storm Nate growing stronger just off Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula.

Source: WPSD Weather Authority Satellite Images, Friday night at 8:40pm CST

Hurricane hunter planes have found Tropical Storm Nate growing stronger just off Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami says Nate has top sustained winds of 65 mph (105 kph) and is situated about 90 miles (145 kilometers) northeast of Cozumel, Mexico, on Friday night.

The tropical storm is moving north-northwest at 22 mph (35 kph).

Forecasters expect it to turn north late Saturday, when it will approach the northern Gulf Coast of the U.S. Landfall is expected there Saturday night or Sunday.

The hurricane center says conditions are favorable for Nate to continue strengthening as it crosses the Gulf.