There is concern about a lot of tree damage.
The government announced the suspension of work and school activities on Thursday and Friday, and also closed national parks and several electricity plants. "Anyone who's taken this storm lightly is making a serious mistake". During the historical peak of the season in September, a new record was set for the highest amount of hurricane energy in a single month. The area hit hardest is western Guanacaste, where flooding has been severe.
The tropical storm pounded Nicaragua with rain heavy enough to cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.
Nate had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph early Friday morning and was moving north-northwest at 14 mph.
Crossing Nicaragua could shake up Nate's core, leading to the disagreement over future strengthening.
BP, Chevron are shutting production at all Gulf platforms, while Shell and Anadarko Petroleum suspended some production and drilling activity in the Gulf. At the same time, current forecasts predict that the latest storm will largely spare areas impacted by those hurricanes.
Forecasters say Nate will be a hurricane by the weekend when it nears the United States.
The 5-day track for Tropical Storm Nate calls for the storm to become a hurricane over the weekend - and threaten the northern Gulf Coast on Sunday. "With the weather projections surrounding Tropical Storm Nate, we felt it was in the best interest of the Southern University community to move the start time up to allow everyone safe passage home".
At least 22 deaths have been reported in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras, after heavy rains, ladnslides and flooding struck the region.
The city has already moved lifeguard stands, chairs and trash cans from the beaches.
Mr Edwards said that New Orlean's drainage system should be able to handle the rain predicted from Nate.
With some parts of Florida still reeling from Hurricane Irma, Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for 29 counties and encouraged residents to get prepared in case the track of Nate changes. A hurricane watch is in effect for Punta Herrero to Rio Lagartos. Some of them have been hosting tankers that were unable to go to Texas berths until the Texas ports are dredged following disturbance caused by Hurricane Harvey.