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Hurricane Nate threatens US central Gulf Coast after killing 25

MANAGUA: Hurricane Nate was expected to strengthen on Saturday and make landfall, threatening the US 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 Orleans evacuated some residents from areas outside its levee system. "Nate is at our doorstep or will be soon," New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said. The greatest…

Hurricane Otto swirls toward Central America, kills three

PANAMA CITY: Hurricane Otto was forecast to strengthen in the Caribbean as it churned toward Central America Tuesday, causing three deaths in Panama and prompting coastal evacuations in Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Otto became the seventh hurricane of the 2016 Atlantic season. The hurricane, which is packing maximum sustained winds of 75 miles (120 kilometers) per hour, is expected to pick up strength and speed as it moves westward, approaching Costa Rica and Nicaragua on Thursday before making landfall, the National…