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Tropical Depression Raises Hurricane Threat for Gulf Coast

  • System will likely strengthen and be named Nate Wednesday
  • It could impact Florida oranges, disrupt energy production
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The Coming Storm of Climate Change

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A tropical depression that could grow into a hurricane is forecast to strike the U.S. Gulf Coast late Sunday, potentially shutting down offshore oil and natural gas rigs and dealing another blow to citrus growers. 

The system off the Nicaraguan coast is expected to strengthen into a tropical storm later Wednesday and reach hurricane strength with winds of 85 miles (137 kilometers) per hour Sunday as it nears the U.S. coastline between Louisiana and Florida, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami. Storm warnings have been issued for Honduras and Nicaragua.