Tropical Storm Nate Hits Mexico, Maria Picks Up Strength

Tropical Storm Nate weakened overnight and made landfall on Mexico’s Gulf coast Sunday as Maria gains strength, according to the National Hurricane Center. Officials opened shelters as a precautionary measure before the storm hit.

Nate hit just before noon local time north of Barra de Nautla in the state of Veracruz, where Gov. Javier Duarte said there were no reports of damage or injuries, and rivers remained below the risk level.

Nate continued moving west at 9 mph with winds of 45 mph. It was expected to weaken to a tropical depression later Sunday, said the U.S. Hurricane Center in Miami.

Of the 2,200 shelters set up by the state, only two were in use, housing little more than 50 people, civil protection authorities said.

Tropical Storm Maria was centered about 105 miles northeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Sunday with winds that had strengthened to 60 mph, the Hurricane Center said. It was moving northwest at about 10 mph, toward the open Atlantic. There were no coastal watches or warnings, in effect, according to the center.

“The center of Maria will move gradually away from the extreme northeastern Caribbean islands and move over the open Atlantic,” the center said.