Tropical Storm Nate unleashed intense rainfall across much of Central America on Thursday, killing at least three in Costa Rica as it heads for the U.S. Gulf Coast where it is expected to strike as a hurricane this weekend.
Nate is expected to strengthen into a Category 1 hurricane by the time it makes landfall on the U.S. Gulf Coast on Sunday.
Costa Rica's government declared a state of emergency, closing schools and all other non-essential services while emergency officials reported three killed due to the heavy rains, including one child.
Highways were closed due to mudslides and power outages were also reported in parts of Costa Rica, where authorities deployed more than 3,500 soldiers.
In Nicaragua, three people have been reported missing and schools also shut due to the rainfall, which the Miami-based center said could be as much as 30 inches in some isolated areas.